Trudy works almost entirely in stoneware focusing on creating surface patterns using the combination of several different clay bodies. She produces surface pattern by laminating the different clay bodies together in a thick slab and then after the addition of coloured slips the clay is stretched and slashed to create the surface pattern. The resulting patterned slab is then used to make a form.

Trudy seldom glazes her work as this tends to obscure the surface pattern she has worked hard to achieve.

If you look hard at her work you might find a reference to glass clad buildings, tree bark, quilting, and trompe l'oeil .