Masters at Work: The Beauty of Ceramics

May 15, 2015 | Audio-Visual Presentations

We wanted to bless you with two awesomely beautiful short videos of ceramic masters at work. Just look what the master Potter does in our lives, shaping and refining us! They are quite extraordinary.

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You will almost certainly make the association with Jeremiah 18, where the Lord speaks of the Potter shaping and reshaping his pot on the wheel. We are truly the Lord’s beloved, and He the master Potter who does not hesitate to refine and excise parts of the clay vessel He is shaping, to contain the particular treasures He has in mind. What would the Lord say to you through these videos as you watch precision craftsmanship twinned with refined patience? Do let us know if He shows you anything special!

3 Comments

  1. Harmony

    The patience, the slowness, the attention, the detail. May we be soft in His hands, and beautiful in His house.

  2. Robert Askey

    I especially loved the second one.

    I thought that this was so beautiful. When he put the jar first into the ‘slip’ to glaze it and then so carefully into the kiln, so much hope for good things from so much intense fire that might destroy it all – ‘twas a picture of how God deals with our lives. The sufferings might break us, cause us to go the other way and die, or render such beauty in us that it is to be treasured by Him above all things: It is worth the pain in us of the fire to make us into our final exquisite form. Perhaps, ultimately, this is what death is like?

    1 Corinthians 3, v.15
    10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

  3. Tréva

    The potter:
    So much intense concentration, absorbed by His craft; His critical eye and obvious pleasure; His focus and determination when moulding the clay on the wheel, the speed of which necessitates firm handling (our times in His hands – do we understand the times we are in?); the varying pressure to achieve the final shape; no mercy when cutting off the excess. The potter is prepared to get His hands dirty in the process. His hands hold us securely throughout.

    The process:
    Messy – yet vision of the final outcome is the driver and not hindered; attention to detail and the perfect beauty and grace of the finished form. Incisive surgery alone can let the Light shine through; texture – the rough and the smooth; gentleness and intricacy; scraping away the surface to reveal the hidden depths of colour so essential to the overall design; abundance (how often we want to hold on to it!) removed for a refined image; shine – reflecting His glory.

    Baptism in the slip; then set aside, “abandoned”, isolated and parched dry. Yet not alone: even when in the Refiner’s fire, prepared and stoked by the very hands which hold us, He is waiting, expectant.

    Treasures of darkness – the perfection of what is brought forth.

    The constancy of His gaze and attention – nothing is hid from His sight. Whatever He starts, He brings to completion. There is purpose in it all.

    2 Cor 4:6ff

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