Clay is about translating ideas into form and texture. Each part of an object is a form, and forms can be large or small, rough or smooth, thick or thin, flat or more three-dimensional. Students learn to use their fingers and clay tools to change the form and texture of the clay. They also learn to use weight, balance, and effective construction techniques to insure that their sculptures will stay together throughout the drying and firing process. The challenge for students is to figure out their own ways to use all of these elements in their sculptures.