Hello and welcome! Pottery is not something I really set out to do but this is how it happened… In the fall of 2014, I took my two sons to visit an acquaintance who made pottery and we all loved it! I bought a potter's wheel for "us" thinking pottery would be our new family hobby. It turned out that I was the only one interested in working on it, and now I see that God had it in mind for me! I enjoy working with my hands, and the change of pace that it is from working at the computer or household tasks. I don’t mind the mess 🙂 and I try to spend time at some part of the process most days. Many thanks to Alison at whitehillpottery.com for being my go-to friend when I have questions!
Pottery has many spiritual analogies, with shaping it and recycling the fails. The kiln fires it to over 2000 degrees to make it strong, beautiful, and useful. Those kind of temperatures can either destroy or purify and strengthen; heat will show what we're made of! And glazing is an art all in itself! It goes on dull and drab and comes out a beautiful color. When I sit at the potter's wheel, sometimes I quietly pray and meditate, or sometimes I talk to a friend on the phone, and sometimes I’ve listened to Alexander Scourby read scripture. This, along with my ambition to engrave verses on pottery, has given rise to the name KJVPottery.
Jeremiah 18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
Romans 9:20-21 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
My real passion though, is setting scripture to music. In 2003, as my marriage was crumbling, I returned to music to rediscover my identity and my faith in Christ was rekindled. Writing songs while crying out to God in brokenness was therapeutic to me and deeply spiritual. In some of my darkest times of despair, I found that as I recalled tunes I had written, and with it the scripture, light and cleansing came to my troubled and negatively obsessing mind.
I recorded for about four years at a recording studio and released a CD each year to family and friends, but then it seemed like God was halting the work. However, in 2014, doors opened for me to be able to record at home. I am so blessed to sing the words of God and receive the refreshment that brings to my mind and soul! I pray that this music will bring light and strength to other lives also. You can download songs freely at www.singthekjv.org. I am so thankful for God’s word!
May the LORD bless and keep you, and give you peace!