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Pottery

October 20, 2013

Potter’s wheel at Erfurt, Germany, Photo by Oliver Kurmis (PD-self)

Pottery has been in use for at least twelve thousand years.  The composition and design of pottery have become useful tools, enabling archaeologists to date cultures from the pottery shards associated with them.  Inferences can be drawn from such shards about diet, social relationships, religion, and economic conditions.

The earliest forms of pottery were made at comparatively low temperatures, in open flame or covered pits, using whatever clays were available locally.

It is likely that the first need pottery served was to store food and liquid for later use, thus reducing waste.  As such, pottery is likely to have been the invention of women.  In some cases, fingerprints of the women who fashioned them are actually preserved on ancient vessels.

Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand…’” (Jer. 18: 6).

Father, we are as the clay in Your hands. You know best the purpose for which each of us was made. Shape and mold us into the image of Your Son, Jesus, that we may serve Your ends throughout our days.

Amen

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