Sunday, July 10, 2011

Earthen Vessels

Recently, the hubs had to take a trip up to Memphis for work. So hubs just kept thinking, and he decided that he would schedule one of his tests in Memphis, too.

{Side note: Will graduated from Mississippi State with a degree in architecture. He's currently what's termed as an architect intern at work. Architect's have to take 7 tests - brutal tests - before becoming licensed. This test was number 6 of 7. We'll find out next week if he passed . . . more on that to come}

So since hubs would be away for several days, we decided to all pack up and go. Anna Lyn and I got to stay and play with Will's parents while he was working the day away . . . poor man!

A few weeks ago, I noticed a friend's picture of a platter that had her baby boy's footprints on it. They had been pressed into the clay before it was glazed and fired. Such a beautiful piece! Since that friend lives in Will's hometown, I emailed to ask her where she had that done. Miraculously, the pottery studio was only about a mile from Will's parents house . . . You can guess what happened next. Yep, I emailed and got an appointment to take Anna Lyn. How could I help myself?

Don't you just love the name of their studio? 

Read her mind. . . "Mom, what are you letting Mrs. Kathy do?"

"Really, Mom . . . really?"

Yay! Two beautiful six-month-old feet!

We decided that we'll be making one for each of our children to keep once they get older. Hopefully, each one will have it done around six months. I can't wait to see how this little plate turns out!

While Mrs. Kathy was putting the clay safely away, Coco and I got to walk around the beautiful store and marvel at the work that Kenny and Kathy {the owners and creators of Broken Vessel} do every day! Such elegant and timeless pieces! I have always loved pottery, but theirs is certainly something to behold! Mississippi pottery is amazing!

I think that my favorite piece would have to be the punch bowl. Not that I have any occasion to use this at this point in our married life, but I adore it none the less!

Wandering around the studio just enhanced my desire to have a pottery studio even more. If you didn't know that about me, let me fill you in. I . . . LOVE . . . POTTERY. Let's go back further than that. I love the clay that makes pottery. I love the process, the love, the time and the sweat that go into creating each and every piece. It's just amazing to me to think about the "from the earth to the shelf" process. That the Lord could allow something beautiful to be created out of something as low and mundane as mud is:


Isn't that just such a reflection of what the Lord does in the Christian's life? It definitely is in my own life.   Taking something marred and making it beautiful is just one of the wonderful ways that He displays his power, and I'm so thankful. Thankful that He has taken me out of the mire, and that He continues to form me into His image each and every day. It's a simple lesson, I know, but the Lord keep bringing me back to it. Daily I have a choice of whether to lay my will down before Him, and I need to do it more faithfully.

Anyway, some day they'll be a pottery studio in whatever backyard we end up with as our "forever home." You'll find me there spinning the pottery wheel. A girl can dream, right?

What's you crafty dream?

"But now, Oh Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and you our potter;
and all we are the work of your hand." 
~ Isaiah 64:8 ~


  1. I am with you on the pottery front for the following reasons...
    1. The appealing aspect of working with your hands.
    2. The Biblical perspective, obviously.
    3. That scene in Ghost. Gets me everytime. ;)

  2. I love this! HE makes all things new is what I was thinking as I was reading this! Your daughter is beautiful!! Miss you!!


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