Aodhan seems to be sitting on a pin or something the way he fidgets as his master continually touches everything. He finally relaxes when he's sitting, but flinches again at the question.
"It's not that I don't see the advantages, it's just that I'm concerned a weak entrance will hurt more than help. I'll barely have the time to make something and I'll not present an item and excuses for the judges' consideration..."
Aodhan pauses as a sudden inspiration hits him. It was when Tintavius had bruskly picked up a shard of hardened clay from one of several tablets on his desk and allowed it to fall and shatter on the ground. He had a lot of debris at the moment in his sanctum, though gathered in neat piles he hadn't had the chance to dispose of yet. Aodhan's problem was that his medium was iron and gold, or gems that resisted fracturing. Weak, brittle materials had always been a pain for him, hence the debris. If only they had the resistance and malleability of gold or iron...a smile came across his lips as he started to formulate an idea.
It only occurred to him that several moments had passed while he stared into vacant space. Briefly shaking his head he turned to his Pater. "...But, as I am of course viewed as your project, in many ways, I can see how you'd want me to show something that I've learned." he stands up, getting more animated. He walks over to the small pile of shards.
"These are broken from molds I used on items I cast from tin. I have plenty more where they came from, these others were from cups I tired making." he points to the shards. "They both will likely fill a foundation as we add to the Covenant. Glassware, using it as intended, means a lot of broken glassware aye? Most of it comes from Italy, or imported at the least. And creating it ourselves would cost much vis as we'd do it over and over again. What if...what if I were to give an item the property to change the consistency of these materials? Make them like molten iron or gold? The pieces could be reformed again into one piece, then molded as one works on an anvil into whatever shape one desires? When the magic ends, it returns to its material strength and other qualities but retains the shape it was molded into? Glass sculptures! Savings from re-using these worthless shards! Why...even a mundane craftsman could be put to work once the transformation starts. Give a heap of broken shards to a journeyman smith, turn them into a mass of malleable iron and have him go to work!"
Aodhan's eyes gleam at the prospect. The item would be simple, but could have quite a lot of applications, limited mainly by the creativity of the user. That would be the selling point, a new tool for the magical craftsman's kit. With it would need demonstrations of it in use and how it could enhance items and also save on materials. It wouldn't walk and talk, but many of the Verditius he knew would love the means to pinch more value from their materials as well as assign simpler tasks to their ungifted assistants. The practicality of it might be exactly what makes it a good entrance.