You begin with the possibilities of the material.
Still working out the details in the Copper Ears piece. Since these photos were taken I have changed this piece several times. I was hoping to emboss the copper band with some lettering, but it still wasn't right. I decided against the birds, bird house and gloves. I made a porcelain band that has stamped lettering. I like the possibilities of using the copper ears. There are ways for me to use some glazes to get a coppery finish, but not the same. So I trudge on.