Acceptance is a coiled piece made from White St Thomas clay, which stands approximately 43cm high x 20cm in diameter including the lid. It is carved with applied ceramic roses and cherubs which were made separately in a handmade press mould and attached to the piece with slip. The piece has then been indented with pattern and fired to 1160 c. Coloured glaze is rubbed into the carving and wiped away, as well as being painted on to the surface area before being fired to 1080. Coloured enamels, gold lustre and mother-of-pearl lustres as well as enamel transfers have then been applied to some areas of the outside to give more definition and fired again to 800c. A final layer of paint has been added and heated to a temperature of 150c to add metallic colours. When the glazing process has been completed, different width wires have been wrapped around found objects threaded through pierced areas of the rim of this piece as well as other objects significant to the process of acceptance, which are glued to the piece. Finally, a beautiful glass paperweight in the shape of a heart, containing a real rose, sits inside the piece as a surprise when the lid is taken off. This piece explores the complexity of truly accepting who we really are. It sits on three cherub feet and is named, signed and dated by the artist December 2010.