This is the moment of truth, the moment the potter has been waiting for. Every step before this one is preparation; every step after is finishing work. In shaping a pot, the potter puts one hand on the inside of the pot and one hand on the outside, squeezing the clay in-between, moving from the bottom to the top. The clay is stretched, thinned, and directed between the potter’s hands. As each person is shaped according to God’s plan, so each pot is shaped according to the potter’s will. One day he makes coffee mugs and mixing bowls for the kitchen. Another day he crafts a slender vase for the living room. But whether he is creating a pot because there is a need for something to function in the household, a need for beauty somewhere in the world, or a need to express the joy of creativity, he makes each pot as he sees fit.