In her book, Impressions in Clay, award-winning porcelain dollmaker Wendy Lawton compares her passion for sculpting to the Master Potter’s skillful shaping of humanity. Lawton offers fresh insight into the metaphor from Jeremiah 18:6, “Like clay in the hands of the Potter, so are you in my hand.” As a skilled potter herself, Lawton takes readers into a deeper understanding of the whole process of clay sculpting and refining.
Lawton writes, “The Bible is filled with potter-and-clay imagery – the Potter always refers to God and the clay to His people. Because it’s a recurring theme, it begs to be explored.” She probes into the imagery of how clay is transformed from a dull piece of earth into an item of glazed and colorful beauty, in the same way God transforms each of us. No one but a skilled potter like Lawton could present this metaphor using such rich, vivid detail.
The book contains beautiful earthtone photographs of pots and artist hands, as well as pen-and-ink drawings that embellish the text. There are eleven sections, which each reveal a truth about the pottery process as applied to the Christian life. Scripture, quotes, poems, and prayers also add a finishing touch to each section.
Lawton’s book opened my eyes and heart to understanding deep truths about the Potter’s process of creating His beloved masterpieces. Its compact size and light reading style make it a wonderful gift option for pastors, teachers, and anyone who would like to breathe new life into this much-loved biblical metaphor. The author’s faith, coupled with her artistic skill, make this a classic that will enliven the bookshelf of every believer. (The truth is, after reading this book, you’ll want to sign up for a pottery class! I know I do!) – Heather Ivester, Christian Book Previews.com
Award-winning writer, sculptor and doll designer Wendy Lawton offers a penetrating look at the Bible’s metaphor of God’s people being clay in the Potter’s hands. She bases these reflections on the process of ceramics and the properties of clay. This title includes pull-out quotes, storytelling sidebars, scripture passages, beautiful line drawings and prayers.
Impressions in Clay: Learning to Live Under the Master’s Hand will make an ideal gift for a friend in need of encouragement.