2017-09-20 - Molded
About a week ago I began preparation to make a clay candy jar for a friend’s birthday. It’s such a joy for me taking part in the creative process. In this case it will be red clay that dries in about a day and then can be sanded and decorated as desired. When I took ceramics in college, we used clays (earthenware and stoneware mostly) that fashioned on the potter’s wheel, and upon drying, we could decorate them with glaze and fire them in a kiln. Since I am not using a wheel and it takes more time with hand building techniques, I am inclined to be more mindful of thinking through my work process to avoid parts drying before completion. So I’ve been methodical in how I want to form the piece, how I want it to be decorated, and with using a mold rather than throwing it on the wheel, I have had to consider keeping the clay from sticking to that surface as it dries. It’s been interesting doing ceramics again, and it gives me time to consider how I have been molded by God in the process.
God put a lot of time and care into fashioning his children. It’s pretty clear to me from the complexities of the human body as well as natural wonders, that God had something very special in mind with creation. As I think back, I can remember the satisfaction of starting with a lump of clay and some water, and ending up with a formed bowl, cup, vase, or plate, or even a decorative piece when finished. While these can be creations of functionality and beauty, they cannot possess the characteristics which are passed on to us by our own potter. We are breathing, thinking, caring beings with souls, and each with our own particular purpose in mind upon formation. I’m so very grateful my father formed me as part of his beautiful design.
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7)
All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.