I was inspired by a book I had seen called "From Mud to Music". I found creating an instrument from clay gave the piece a a new sort of life about it: It could make a sound. I had to learn how to stretch the skin over the top, which was by far the most challenging bit as I had never done anything like that before. I watched YouTube tutorial but none were telling me exactly what I needed to know, so I combined all of my learning and took a leap of faith and, fortunately, it worked out!
I had taken pictures through the making process of the drum and printed the photos and put them in an album that accompanied the drum as part of the gift. Around the middle I carved their names and the date of the wedding and melted glass in the channel I built around the bottom.