As artists, Candace and I see ourselves as translators of not only our own experiences, but of the world around us. Sharing an enjoyment of the outdoors, we both find an affinity with the natural beauty that surrounds us. As makers, we continually find inspiration on our walks along the Californian coast. Our recent work explores our particular fascination with many of the different shell types and natural forms we have collected along our travels. Creating glass shells has become a process of exploration and discovery. We take great pleasure in figuring out how to sculpt new and innovative shell designs. Though our work references natural forms and color patterns, it is in no way an attempt to replicate actual shells. Instead, we respond to the elegant beauty and intricate complexity of shells, and in the making form a personal connection to the place we call home.