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Evelyne, asked a series of questions in the question pool of which I will pick one for this week. Her question was: What are the most important design elements? So I started thinking. . .clarification. . . or should I leave it open ended. Hmmmm! First off if I were to define the Elements as Line, Shape, Form, Texture, Value, Space, and Color. . . that might help. It may also help to say that the Elements are arranged in different ways, and these are described by the Principles of Art. Maybe now we have a beginning, but wait. . .is she asking in general, or in our own work??? Wow, in general, I believe them all to be important. In my own work, I have always had an emphasis on Form, nearly everything I do ceramic depends on a strong form. For years, Line and Shape was important on the surface often to create movement of the eye throughout the form. Then Color & Value became very important as I worked with blown stains over a bristol glaze, with added brush strokes. Lately, however, the forms have changed, and the surface has become heavily textured. So much so that I really don't want a lot of busy brush strokes or color all over the pot. Usually preferring of late to use glaze layers that break over texture accenting it and changing color as they do so. best, Pres