About the Art

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Vessels of Light is a ceramic series handcrafted by Ted Book based on a bible scripture found in 2 Timothy 2:21:

“Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.”


The pieces that I create are fired in an old metal trash can surrounded by materials that our world considers trash, such as banana peels, corn husks, wood shavings and even soiled animal bedding. Although these things are seen as useless, they are vital in creating the outer beauty of the pieces – just as the difficulties and challenges we face in life are vital in creating who we are. Some of the pieces I create even crack under the intense heat of the fire.

This series is intended to show that even though we, the “vessel” may be blemished, cracked, worn and marred, the beautiful light of Christ can still shine through and illuminate the darkness around us. I believe we are able to house and showcase that beautiful light of Jesus, regardless of our defects and imperfections. Just like these lamps, the focus ends up more on the light than with the piece itself.

You too are able to shine the light of Jesus even after all that you have been through in your life. You are a beautiful vessel, crafted by the Master Potter. 1 Peter 2:9 says: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful Light.”