Last Friday I went to the thesis show of Leia Zumbro, a metals grad student at ECU. I met Leia at the very beginning of her time at ECU and have gotten to know her over the last few years. It was wonderful to see her final work at the show and to see how far she has come since her first year. Leia's show is a collection of pieces based on growth patterns found in nature. Using these as a starting point, she creates new patterns and forms of her own--beautiful hollow forms with repeated patterns and layered negative space all finished with just the right final detail in the form of delicate chains, carved wood, or color.