What is the vision and purpose for the Ceramics program at The First Academy?
Students love the medium, but the truth is . . . it's easy to share Christ through Ceramics!
In The Holy Land of Israel, many artifacts remain dating back even from before the time of Christ. Most of these artifacts were ceramic! Other mediums decay and disintegrate, but fired clay is lasting, just as a living soul is eternal. The entire gospel and Christian walk can be shared through creation of a pot on the potter's wheel, from the creation of Adam from the Terra Cotta (Red Clay), to the purpose God has for creating each of us. There are many types of vessels, each with a different, but necessary, purpose - even the dirtiest, oldest one used to hold the water poured out to make every other vessel. While making a pot, students experience the importance of being centered in the will of God to obtain His purpose, and what happens when we struggle against Him.
Just like the clay on the wheel, if we do not stay centered in His will, we become unbalanced and unstable. After completing a work, students witness the firing process of the kiln, and relate it to the refining fire of the Holy Spirit. How it would hurt if the clay were alive, as we - the clay - are alive, but how critical the process is to remove impurities and make us strong and stable. This is only a sample of analogies waiting to help us understand our walk with the Lord!
What is the vision and purpose for the Ceramics program at The First Academy? Yes, the students love the medium, but there is so much more...to share Christ.
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