It's been theorized that our universe is both expanding and contracting at the same time. How can this be? The doughnut shaped universe allows for such seemingly impossible things to be. Don't ask me! Each coil of earthenware clay hand rolled and tapped into place with my two hands. I enjoy this piece resting on it's side but perhaps you'll want to display it spiral down to give your friends a pleasant surprise when they pick it up for a closer look! Charcoal hand rubbed across the surface gives it striking contrast against the white clay body beneath. Shipping to all U.S. states included. Yes. Even to Michigan.