Friday, March 02, 2007
Before clay is fit to be molded and fashioned into either a handbuilt or wheel thrown item, it must be wedged.The wedging process involves slamming, pushing, pressing and kneading the clay repeatedly against a hard surface. Why wedge clay? Wedging helps homogenize the clay and get rid of air pockets. An air pocket trapped inside the clay will cause a hand built clay vessel to explode when it is subjected to the heat of the kiln during the firing process. A little trapped heated pocket of air will expand and "boom" there goes the beautiful handiwork the craftman spent so much time on, not to mention the mess of broken pottery shards now inside the kiln. That same little air pocket hidden in the lump of clay on a potter's wheel will make it difficult to impossible for the potter throw a pot of any value or beauty.
Jer. 18: 1-3 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
18:3 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
Before the potter could create a work on the wheels , he had to wedge the clay. Before the Master Potter can mold us and fashion us into the image of His Son He must "wedge" us.
In Romans 12:1 Paul talks about being "transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." I pray that we yield, as clay in the potter's hand, and allow God to work the bubbles out of our thoughts, leaving in us the mind of Christ.