Potter, poet, painter MC Richards once said of her work in clay, “It is not the pots we are forming, it is ourselves.” As program participants are discovering life free of addictions – the Rescue Mission’s clay studio helps each person to find a sense of ‘center’ by working on the potter’s wheel. It is an amazing discovery to realize we are all being formed and transformed by a Divine Potter. “Just like clay in the potter’s hands, so are you in God’s hands.” (Jeremiah 18:6)
Program participants take an Introduction to Clay course at the beginning of Phase One of their program. After this introductory course, participants may take other elective courses in clay, a course with Bill Beamer on the use of Art and Pain Management or a course that explores the fine craft of jewelry making. One of our long-range goals for the Recovery Arts Program would be the addition of stained-glass courses to our creative options – a tangible means for seeing Light shine through that which was previously broken.
To participate in a creative process is to connect with being made in the image of The Creator of all – fully and wonderfully made.