Belleek Parish Church

Belleek Parish Church

The theme of the three light window ‘The Potter’s Wheel’ is based on the text from Jeremiah 18:6 LIKE CLAY IN THE HAND OF THE POTTER, SO ARE YOU IN MY HAND (NIV)  

To the top of the centre the Divine Potter’s hands mould the clay.  The moulding takes place while the wheel is in motion.  The potter puts pressure on the clay; tension and relief are involved in the process.  Isaiah 64:8 WE ARE THE CLAY, AND YOU OUR POTTER; AND ALL WE ARE THE WORK OF YOUR HAND (NKJV) also reminds us that God the Father, creator, moulds his people like he created Adam from the dust; Genesis 2:7 AND THE LORD GOD FORMED MAN OF THE DUST OF THE GROUND, AND BREATHED INTO HIS NOSTRILS THE BREATH OF LIFE; AND MAN BECAME A LIVING BEING (NKJV).

Ecclesiastic - 11

Ecclesiastic - 11

God’s love for his creation is symbolised by a cross (the symbol of the Church of Ireland) also a reminder of the pastoral work of the local church over the two hundred years of its existence; God’s love radiates out in a burst of warm colours.  At the bottom of the cross is a potter in the process of throwing a pot, metaphorically a vessel to be used to God’s service reminding us that just as the pot is taking shape the faithful are being moulded in the likeness of Christ changed in the potters hand, REJOICING IN HOPE, PATIENT IN TRIBULATION, CONTINUING STEADFASTLY IN PRAYER (NKJV), Romans 12:12.

The discarded pot with its impurities is made new, just as we are renewed in faith through God’s love; Jeremiah 18:4, AND THE VESSEL THAT HE MADE OF CLAY WAS MARRED IN THE HAND OF THE POTTER; SO HE MADE IT AGAIN INTO ANOTHER VESSEL, AS IT SEEMED GOOD TO THE POTTER TO MAKE (NKJV); God creates us to be useful to him.

The skills of the potter are also highlighted by two vignettes right and left depicting basket weaving and hand decoration and painting of the wares.  The ball of clay in front of the potter is the starting point; the raw material used in the creative process.

While the cross is the mark of Christian life, the first mark used by Belleek pottery is shown at the bottom of the centre window.  The lattice shapes behind the cross is formed by the patterns of the typical basket weave design associated with Belleek Pottery along with the borders of flowers and weave pattern using subtle colours, these connect to William Henshall who brought the art of basket pottery to Belleek.

This basket is the linking element connecting all three lights and serves as a symbol of the unity of God’s creation bringing different strands woven together to form the shape indicating a sense of unity of the Belleek community.