The work in this section portrays the material, cultural, and perceptual significance of the ceramic medium, as well as the sense of totality inherent with objecthood. Some pieces use the vessel as a vehicle for expression in order to address certain functional or decorative philosophies. Others are configurations of form and surface that are influenced by sculpture of the 20th century and use the ceramic process as their means of fruition. Overall, Ceramic Art has always depicted an appreciation for beauty and technique, form and idea, and design that brings all the elements of composition together to achieve an organized whole. The substance and significance of such works of art carry a meaning that resides in both the mind, and the hand.