Like the women in Jenny Bornholdt’s, Women with Pitcher, the poem wraps around the bowl and “hold it all together, empty and full filling and being filled”.  First exhibited at Judith Anderson Gallery, Napier, Praising Girls as a good natured poke at the 2008 exhibition of contemporary ceramics  at The Hawkes Bay Museum and Gallery called Raising Boys. This poem was first used in the collaborative project with Bornholt, Catherine Griffiths and myself in Conversation Pieces, Collaborative Works in the Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, Wellington City Gallery, 2002-3.