Enjoy today’s video of master potters at work. Seven minutes of extraordinary creativity and artistry.
I could not help but compile the following:
“I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand” (Jeremiah 18:3-4; Romans 9:21; Isaiah 64:8).
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I’m always in awe of such talent—the vision, patience, and skill!
Fascinating! I have always been captivated by ceramics craft. I watched a potter throwing clay many years ago and fell in love with this amazing art form. Watching this was such a rich reminder of God’s work in our lives as we entrust ourselves to Him.
Thank you for posting this.
Kathy Sheldon Davis
Thank you for sharing refreshing moments with these potters, and your reminder that we are the thoughtful, meticulous works of God’s hands. You helped me start my day beautifully.
Years ago, a man demonstrated creating a vase from clay on a wheel in our church. He was going as an artist to a country that did not welcome missionaries. As he shaped the vase, he drew various parallels between what he was doing and what God does in our lives. The point that stood out to me was the intimacy of the potter and his creation. The wheel was almost in the potter’s lap, and he was bent over it with both arms around it. That picture of a potter surrounding his creation and shaping it with the closest attention and care has stayed with me all this time.
One thing I noticed with this video was that creating a thing of beauty first involves making a mess. From the potter willing to get his hands dirty to shape a pot, to carving intricate details and brushing away the shavings, there’s a lot of work before the final breathtaking piece of art is finished. That’s inspirational for our writing as we shape and carve. It’s messy, but necessary for the finished product to emerge as it should.
Wow! Before each of those masterpieces existed in form, they existed in the mind of their creator. Before we came into being, we existed in the mind of our Creator. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee.”
Incredible! What perfect timing. I just read Jeremiah 1 in my Bible reading this morning, just an hour ago. And I wrote in my journal “You (God) had a sovereign plan for Jeremiah’s life from the womb. You knew him in the womb. You also have had a sovereign plan for my life from the womb and You knew me then. How incredible is that! Help me live out Your plan for me!” End of journal entry. Now to go on living out His plan.
One of my granddaughters took up pottery. I felt so in awe that anyone could have that patience. How strongly God must love us to have the patience necessary to put up with our having to learn the same lessons in life over and over again.
Kristen Joy Wilks
Astounding! This was just so beautiful to watch and humbling to think about the hours and years of practice it took for them to become masters.
Wow, that was really cool, watching such great ceramics masters at work. It gave me a lot of insight as to how our Heavenly Father works to shape us into something beautiful.
Absolutely beautiful!!! What a blessed gift to be able to craft such lovely items, that will go on delighting people for years and years to come!!! God be praised who has given the skill!! To His Glory!!! Amen!!!
Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D.
What a gift he has! It reminds me of how we all have jobs to do, just like the parts of our body. Some are hands, others feet, and so on….
Carol R Nicolet Loewen
What an amazing example of what the Master wants to create in/from our lives. Thank you Steve!
Christine L. Henderson
That is definitely an art form that is not easily mastered as this craftsman has done.
Therapeutic Fun Friday or for any day. Loved this post! Beautiful visual analogy of the scripture verses referenced. Thank you, Steve Laube.