From the first day itself Sze-En was looking forward to visit the pottery factory while she was in here in Kuching. So after the crocodile farm, we went to one of the random pottery factories found in the outskirts of Kuching.
I can't remember what was the name of this factory. We were each given a round sticker to paste on our T-Shirts. I didn't see the need of it because a visit to this factory was free. From the entrance we could see some activities going on upstairs.
There were at least 5 0r 6 women carving the vases. I was impressed by their art. They could create a pattern using free hand. I didn't see any pencil markings on the vase, or maybe the markings were so fine that it could only be seen by the person carving it.
Some almost finished vases.
The potter was kind enough to let the kids play and make their own pots. Esther also dirtied her hands and tried to create a vase out of the lump of clay.After a while, they only managed to make these :-
It's not so easy after all. This made me think of God trying to mold and shape us into a person pleasing to Him. After this session I'm sure Sze-En and Brian must be thinking.. it's not easy being God after all... human beings are all so stubborn.
There was a special place to wash off the clay. My parents and the aunties were getting restless and we asked the kids to clean their hands. As soon as their hands were cleaned, both of them rushed back to the working place and started playing with the clay lump again. They really love this place. After a few minutes, they went to wash their hands again.
Later I asked the kids this question - Of all the places they visited which was the best place they enjoyed? Both of them said that it was the pottery factory.