It is possible that what we truly are is what can never be taken from us. The potter is not, then, by his wheel; as the monk is not by his habit. Thus, even deprived of any machine or tool, and even dispossessed of his raw materials and all economic resources, he would have everything he needs, if we were really faced with an authentic and complete one. Well, the one we imagine would know how to obtain his own land, as well as design and manufacture all the necessary objects for his needs. And another more virtuous could even allow himself to dispense with all artifice, having his body, with his hands, as a primitive tool, as long as it is definitive, to conceive figures. But it is even more surprising to know that not even the absence of hands would be the limit, since as long as it is possible to give shape with some corner of its corporeal structure, with touch existing, the potter would survive.

Beyond the limits of mobility, current technological development allows computers to be controlled by looking and with brain impulses; the latter for now experimentally. Thus, together with modeling programs and 3D clay printers - already quite widespread - they would make it possible for people with total inability to move, with only the will, the training and the necessary financing, to continue creating surprising and inspiring ways.

For all this, it is stimulating to understand pottery as empowerment for those who enjoy it as a trade. Because it is something that cannot be taken away from you and that motivates you to overcome barriers and difficulties, since, honestly, you cannot make any excuse that convinces you that you are not capable of grabbing a piece of clay and shaping it.

Top image: Begijn, C.P. , circa 1663. De alchemist . Oil on panel, Getty Center.