These pieces are inspired by Chashitsu Architecture, the traditional architecture of the Japanese Tea House. These 14th century tea houses and gardens are a visual extension of the tea ceremony. The purpose of the tea ceremony is to refresh the participants through an appreciation of nature, one another, the present moment and a simple and particular aesthetic. To this end a natural material, such as a tree trunk with branches intact, might serve as a beam in the tea house. Similarly, each piece in the Shield Series contains a natural stick which serves as its core. The stick is chosen for its irregularity and natural beauty. The shape of the inner opening and size of the outside form are determined by the stick. Although I am inspired by Chashitsu Architecture, I am going in my own direction. To me, the shield form is figural, female and still.