Sometimes it is not the great and spectacular things that persists over time, rather those things that are small and, at first glance, inconspicuous. Without a doubt, the spinning top has found its place in our cultural history, perhaps because the words we use to describe its motions reveal much about ourselves: whizzing, running, reeling, crashing dancing, hypnotizing. The spinning top exerts its power of fascination upon us, first as children and then as grown ups. For many years, this simple toy has captivated my attention, inspiring me to apply the skills I have acquired as a potter in an exploration of its many possibilities. Traditionally, spinning tops have been made out of materials such as wood, metal, or plastic. By combining ceramics and wood I have ventured along a completely new path, one that has revealed new qualities in the movements of the spinning top. Take a few minutes to explore the spinning tops shown on these pages, pause for a moment, turn them in your mind, imagine their movements, and you too will succumb to the their magical powers.