Hands drenched in the sludge,imaging form of a creation,

the wheel beside spinning and rotating,

waiting to get a heap of accumulated coagulation…

Twirled swiftly by hands of nature,

the clay tries to take an amorphous form,

The gentle,yet rough palms then …

guide and produce a new envision…

A figure of  great craftmanship,

the potter feels overwhelming,

transforming a sludgy mire ..

into an image of paradigm…

the de-airing while kneading removes all the air gaps,

converting it smoothly  to the core,

flooring ,trimming and impressing by tender touch,

an  ideal form is produced,

In the speed of the wheel spinning,

the imperfections get cleared ,

with the skill of the great hands,

artistically the clay transforms  …into  a human figure….





The tempering in the furnace gives proper heating

to the form,

changing the green structure into a permanent forge…

Decorated with intrinsic designs as the intricate emotions inside,

the figure is a perfect prototype…

of a  man being  born on earth,

like a wet sludge of mud,

he grows and begins to  live,

as nurtured of upbringing,

he creates his comfort zone of living…

Stepping in the outside world,

he gets the knock and harsh trembles,

indurating into a confidence self,

to walk on the path destined by the heaven…




23 thoughts on “I AM THE CLAY

  1. This is beautiful, Soumya! And your attention to details…admirable.
    Yes, have to agree with Sharmishtha – potter’ s wheel really is quite an experience. Especially when the rhythm of it connects to the rhythm of your mind and you end up being on the same wave.

  2. drsuraiyanasim

    How profound……the use of pottery as an imagery to describe the birth of a humanbeing and the workings of Almighty…simply beautiful!

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