Having done wheel throwing and ceramics for 4 years, the tension between art and design has been part of my artistic struggle for the longest time. When you create a piece, say a bowl-like form, you have to ask yourself: what will be the function of this? And I didn’t always ask myself that. It wasn’t until I reached a certain point of developing my skills that my instructor started encouraging me to give my pieces a purpose as well. Ceramics are a unique space to accomplish that kind of work because it’s a craft that lends itself so easily to purpose and function. So that even though it can be a fine art, it also has elements of design that are impossible to ignore. So maybe they don’t have to be in two different worlds in other parts of art. Perhaps fine art in all areas can also seek to serve a purpose sometimes, and not other times and have that be okay.