Sandy Pond Studios
Creating the Atmosphere for the Presence of G-d to Dwell
CLAY
Sandy has been in clay since she was six years old, sitting on the bluff on Plum Island in Newbury, Massachusetts. The sound of the waves, the smell of the mud flats, power of the tides, and the texture of the clay squishing through her fingers, gave her a peace deep within. Be it earthenware, stoneware, or Raku, the process of taking clay form the earth and transforming it into a useful vessel brings great joy to her heart. Some pieces are meant for everyday use while others for special occasion, still others are meant to provoke the heart. Her experience teaching in public and private schools, summer camps, and Boys and Girls Clubs, as well as demonstrating at conferences and in spiritual settings always provides a blessing to her audience of one or many.   For custom orders, private or group lessons, demonstrations, or ministering please contact Sandy at: sandypondstudios@gmail.com
 As each pot is heated up in a small kiln, it becomes white hot and the glaze looks like honey.  The pot is then lifted out of the kiln with long tongs and placed in a container filled with  combustible materials.  Instantly it bursts into flame, which lick the sides of the pot creating  different colors in the glaze.  A cover is placed over the container, starving the flames of  oxygen, the smoke then penetrates into the raw pores of the clay, turning them an intense black.  Once the pot has cooled it is washed of ash, revealing the iridescent colors.  Each piece is  unique and always a surprise.   Clay Statues 
Raku
The Journey
From ashes to ashes we are told…… But what is in-between? Pain, sorrow, grief, the broken pieces of our life… We all have them, whether it is a remembrance from past generations, or in our own life, be it physical, emotional, or spiritual. What we choose to do about it is most important. Do we stay amongst the rubble of our situation, or come up out of the fire?! Embracing the pain… Choosing to love. In our brokenness we cry out, Receiving help from Yah. On our face we fall Recognizing how we have tried to walk along, doing it ourselves, “we” can fix it...But no: We are empty… helpless Without the Breath from above… Allowing the Ruach to move through our emptiness Filling us with hope, expectation, and vision for holiness... For all we want is to be in His/Her presence again…. Birthing new life…. A vessel…. Created… to hold His/Her Glory.. Am I done? Am I willing to be made new, over and over? Am I willing to be broken again and made new in the Potter’s Hands? Embrace the process, be blessed by Your opportunity to live and move and Have your being...under the wings…of the Almighty. Love Never Fails
CLAY SCULPTURE
Jeremiah 31:31 Behold the days come, saith the Lord,     that I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel,     and with the House of Judah.     Jeremiah 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I make     with their fathers in the day that I took them out of the     land of Egypt, which my covenant they broke, although I was     a husband to them, saith the Lord.     Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will     make with the House of Israel: After those days, saith     the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts and     write it in their hearts, and will be their G~d… and     they shall be my people.
This sculpture is of G-d’s Covenant written on a scroll and placed in our minds and upon our heart. 24 x24” made of clay and fired in reduction.
Clay Sculpture Family Wrapped in the Torah
This clay sculpture embodies the relationship we have with the King of Kings,  Lord of Lords, the Great I am, and the G-d of the Universe, Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh.     The Torah is the written Word of G-d, for Jews, as well as Christians.     To Trust in the Word is to be wrapped under His wings, Psalm 17:8, or standing under His shadow, Psalm 36:7.     “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with G-d and the Word was G-d. Through Him all things were made, without Him nothing was made that was made and in Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and love.”
May we all be wrapped in His grace and love, protected form the wiles of this world. This scroll becomes the prayer shawl of Tallit, with the fringes, or TZITZIT hanging, representing the Covenant between G-d and His people.     Numbers 15:39 “By seeing them you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your G-d.”     Psalm 36: 8-12  notes some of the blessings from G-d.     In the New Covenant or the Brit Hadashah, we know the woman with the issue of blood reached out to hold on to the hem or Tzitzit on Yeshua’s garment, and was healed. Acts 9:20 May we all be reminded of G-d’s love and grace, His protection and mercy, especially as we hold the menorah and remember the “Miracle of Light.”
Other Sculptures
Bust of Medgar Evers, Fmr. Pres. NAACP Presented as a gift to Myrlie Evers-Williams
" Mural Man " Punta Gorda Historic Mural Soc.
Shin Clay In Collection: Punta Gorda, Florida
Judeica
Challah Plate
    Shalom…     The letter Shin has a picture meaning of “teeth destroying”     The Letter Lamed is a Shepard’s crook  and means “authority.”     The Vav is a nail and means to “bind together.”     The Mem Sofit represents “chaos.”
Add them all together and when you say the word “Shalom” you  are also saying “to destroy the authority that binds you to chaos.”          Hand Washing Bowl
Hand Washing has always been a sensible thing to do before you eat, or after playing in the dirt, not to mention just keeping germs from spreading. In the traditions of the Jew the ritual of hand washing was also a visual experience. During the Sabbath Celebration this outward expression allows us to rededicate our hands cleansed from the week, able to be lifted to a pure and Holy G-d. Psalm 24:4 asks, “Who can ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? He who has  clean hands and a pure heart.” Rededicate your hands to the Lord and serve Him only.
Shabbat Plate for Challah
Two loaves of braided bread lie side by side on the Challah plate, covered with a cloth, giving us a visual reminder of the double portion G-d gave of Manna which covered the ground like dew.         Exodus 14.         *The letter Shin in blue and white         *Shalom Plate *12 Tribes Plate * Plain White $30
    Shabbat Cup for the Wine “Indus”
    Blessed art Thou oh Lord our G-d, King of the universe, creator of the fruit of the vine. [English] Baruch atah Adoni, Eloheynu Melech ha'Olam, Borey p'ri ha-ga-fen. [Hebrew].     The little saucer that comes with the set is for Havdalah, at the end of Shabbat, when you pour the wine to overflowing, visualizing the abundance of love and blessings Shabbat brings.     Cup and Saucer $20     Cup $18
Shabbat Candle Holders
The star of David lifted high celebrates the joy of Sabbath.
    1. The Handles or horns invite you to hold on to the horns of the Sacrificial Altar in the Tabernacle or of the horns on the four corners of the Incense Altar. The Shofar, or horn, was also used to anoint David, I Sam. 16:13, and lucky for Isaac a ram was caught in the thicket: Gen 22:13. In Numbers 10:10 we are told to blow the shofar to remind G-d we are at war and to help us! Also as a sound to advance (as in warfare), or to announce the coming of the Lord.     2. The shape of the vessel used to carry the blood sacrifice from the Altar of Sacrifice to the Ark of the Covenant on the Day of Yom Kippur was not flat but rounded on the bottom. If the blood was laid down, or not kept in motion, it would coagulate and be no good.     3. The face of the ram, lamb, or scapegoat on the vessel reminds us of what the Lord has done for us… taken our place even in the desert, alone, in the unbearable heat to die... a long painful death ...willing to bear the sin of our flesh and iniquities, the issues of our heart.     4. Psalm 24:1-4  says, “who can ascend the mountain of the Lord? Only one who has clean hands and a pure heart.”         $300
    This hand-washing vessel encompasses many teachings concerning the blood sacrifice, the shofar, Tabernacle, and clean hands.
Clay Sculpture Lamb’s Head Hand-Washing Bowl
    Dreidel The dreidel is the most popular game played during Hanukkah. Before the revolt from Greek Hellinization, the Jews forbidden to pray or celebrate the Sabbath used this toy to trick the enemy.     Celebrating Hanukkah not only reminds us of the oil that lasted 8 days during the re-dedication of the Temple, but also of the strong, courageous men and women, who were wiling to count the cost of standing for the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.     So stand up against the false G-ds of this time and be strong and courageous today!     Enjoy our religious freedoms!         To play the game: Make up your own rules or….         1. Each person starts with the same number of objects (usually money or candy). As each person spins the Dreidel and lets go, the letter that lands facing up explains what to do:         Nun – Do nothing         Gimmel – takes the pot and each puts in 1 to start the next round (see rule #2)         Heh – take 1/2 of pot (plus 1 if uneven)         Shin – put 1 in the pot         2. IF the pot is empty each puts 1 in before next spin.         3. The game is over when one has won all!    
    The Pomegranate
    Pomegranates are a Biblical fruit designated to be part of the design on at least one of the High Priest’s garments. The star of David is revealed as the flower opens up. Medicinal properties are just now being discovered. The fruit is sweet to the taste and is eaten during the Feast of Succot and Rosh Hashana.. The many seeds inside represent fertility (blessing) as well as the 613 statutes of G~d. $30
Cruse of Oil
 Oil is used throughout the Torah to:       Anoint People for special calling by G~d, Ex 29:7       Increase happiness: it’s called the oil of joy, Psalm 45:7       It makes the face to shine, Psalm 104:15       Be soothed by oil, Isaiah 1:6       And it’s called the oil of gladness, Isaiah 61:3     One of the best oil stories is Zarephath, a widow who was approached by Elijah the prophet, in I Kings 17:10-24. Elijah asked her to feed him with her last morsels of flour and oil. Through her obedience, the flour and oil never ran dry!                Oh that we would have that faith today!     Use for oil, vinegar, maple syrup or bubble bath!     $20-$28
Photo: Sandy making a foot-washing bowl.
Angels (G~d’s messengers) in clay
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