The aspect of problem solving is an exciting part of working with clay. You are constantly fighting against gravity when working with wet clay. The medium demands attention throughout the process of creation, drying, firing and glazing. Working with clay to make utilitarian objects that are aesthetically pleasing as well as useful requires an artist to understand the engineering of the object while also paying attention to the form, shape and surface. A vase is not just an object to hold water, it is also a canvas.