“Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker,
those who are nothing but potsherds
among the potsherds on the ground.
Does the clay say to the potter,
‘What are you making?’
Does your work say,
‘The potter has no hands’?

Isaiah 45:9 NIV

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Earthenware

When Europeans arrived in Canada, they saw that ceramic craftsmanship was already well established among the First Nations, particularly amidst the Indigenous cultures of the Great Lakes region. The first colonists also made pottery, essentially for utility, since clay was easy to find, inexpensive, and easy to replace if broken, unlike the blown glass and welded metal that they had to import from France. After the Conquest in the mid-18th century. English ceramics flooded into Canada. This growing industry found a favourable market for expansion here and continued to be very popular for many years.

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At the end of your visit to Nazareth Village in Israel, a historic reproduction of Nazareth as it was at the time of Jesus, you receive a small earthenware lamp, the kind that would have been used in a Jewish home in Jesus’ day. It is a simple clay pot, a very common device in ancient Israel – when archaeologists put a shovel in the ground, they find pieces everywhere. So, the Jew would have understood the point that the prophet was making in Isaiah 45:9: “‘Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’?” The Bible often used the analogy of God being the potter and we being the clay, the point being that HE is molding us to be the man or woman of God that He wants us to be. Isaiah is making a similar point here. God’s plan for us is perfect – we have no right to oppose it.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley