Tom and I decided to take the afternoon off and go somewhere fun together. Since we both work from home, we can get caught up in working 7 days a week–especially during Tom’s busy season. He is owner/operator of a business so nearly always working. We took off to one of our favorite towns less than an hour from our house –Woodstock VT! I had recalled seeing a shop on my way home from Benson VT that I wanted to stop in at with Tom. I thought it may have been a pottery shop and knew it was a bit north of downtown — Road Trip it was!! We ended up at Shackleton Thomas in Bridgewater VT. It was a fabulously serendipitous adventure.
The Potter’s House Tree of life Exquisitely created Creatures perched within the branches Greeting visitors at the entrance Riveted to the spot I sensed the space as filled with love and hope Steps slowed, heart peaceful I wandered in this place of artistic creations Molded from nature-- Wood and clay Grain of tree holding center stage In tables and chests Beauty. Breathtaking beauty. Mugs, teapots Calling out to be touched Held, enjoyed. Venturing on, I beheld a potter Sitting at his wheel He looked up and smiled. Delight of delights I was drawn to the side of his wheel Ready to watch creation. But he gave more He gave invitation to throw pottery To create To don an apron And get dirty in clay! I gave my unrestrained yes! In the beginning The lump of clay Was to be thrown In the center of the spinning universe The potter’s wheel My novice throw was not quite on the mark The potter gently re positioned the lump And it was good. Bracing arms on table's edge Standing over top the clay Centering body Full attention Tender, strong touch I immersed in the craft. The clay transformed A tiny bowl emerged And it was good! But the clay had more life to give Step by step The potter taught me Then let me Bring forth Even greater beauty As the bowl grew taller, smoother The strength of my whole body Delicately given to one fingertip As the base of the bowl opened out Tender touch Spinning universe Kind, affirming teacher Loving, encouraging husband My spirit filled With the joy of creation And human kindness As I found a bowl in a lump of clay! Jeremiah 18:1-3