Thou Art my Valentine is a press moulded piece made from White Earthenware clay, which stands approximately 28cm high x 20cm in diameter. It is carved with applied ceramic roses and hearts 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 1080c. Glass marbles have been dropped into the base of this pot and they give a rich deep cracked glass depth to the inside of this work. Coloured enamels, gold lustre and mother-of-pearl lustres 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. Nails are placed carefully inside the work, metal hairclips, safety pins, press-studs, paper fasteners and lengths of wire are glued to the surface of the piece as it is included in the armoured series. Finally, a crown of barbed wire sits easily over the whole piece. Inspired by the dangerous nature of true love and romance, this piece explores the complexity of being in love and all that this entails. The piece sits on three curly feet and is named, signed and dated by the artist, made of course during February 2008.