In the heart of Masaya lies the potter’s house. Discerning visitors whose hearts are open to both spiritual encouragement and practical instruction in the traditional arts of pottery making are warmly welcomed by the potter and his family. This was our team’s experience today.
The potter, Marciel, humbly explained his craft to us while imparting spiritual wisdom about God’s loving care for those created in His image. God’s role as the Master Potter with skillful hands that shape the hearts of men and women into fully redeemed children of God came to life as the potter tied his pottery-making demonstration to the eternal truths of God’s word.
We learned that it takes much time and patience to make just one batch of pots from start to finish. He must make the clay soft and pliable while picking out the small stones and pebbles which make the finished pot prone to breaking or cracking. He patches over areas where the impurities have been removed and smooths them over with loving care after which he applies finishing touches of polish and paint. All of this takes great care and patience because He wants the finished product to be beautiful and something He can use. If the pot gets chipped or cracked before being fired, the pieces can be reused and reshaped into a new pot, however, after being fired, there is no chance for it anymore.