A guilty pleasure of mine is doing crossword puzzles on my iPad, which I prefer doing in portrait orientation. I've been using whatever is within reach to prop up my iPad for this purpose until it struck me that designing a sculpted solution for this would be kinda cool and challenging. An octopus with its versatile tentacles and bulbous head was a nice design option for the three support points in space needed. (I also considered an elephant head using the tusks, trunk, and forehead as support points, but decided against it because just a head without the body would have looked like a game trophy.) The clay sculpting took about 6 hours, plus an hour or so of post-bisque sanding. I am quite pleased with the functionality and uniqueness of this design. I chose the emerald glaze (again) to give it a wet look... perfect for a ceramic cephalopod! Incidentally this was the first piece in which I had to hollow out the body. I hand crafted the base from poplar wood. Thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.