The cup form is something I came upon by instinct at an early age and am still drawn to. Since the mid '50s I've made cups of various kinds- some functional, some where the function is symbolic, and others were the cup represents a set of formal restrictions that make up a structure to work within. At times I've used to cup as a vehicle for making colored forms. But even if the form is transformed, it carries it's history with it. Everybody knows what a cup is. To use it you put it to your mouth and drink from it, so symbolically it represents sensual life. The cup is it's own subject matter so it doesn't have to be about anything else, and at the same time it's a great idiom to carry all kinds of references and cultural information if you want it to.