Ceramic picture (open the sky)


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Poetry plaque with orginal poetry. Wording picked out in underglaze, centre with deep rich over glaze.

We normally frame our large poetry pieces, but this time we wanted to try preserving the feeling of something made from raw clay.

What has emerged is a stunning ‘star’ poem, in which words of poetry radiate outwards from a rich glazed sun.

40 cm by 33cm (approx)

The poem used is this one, which was taken from Chris’s advent collaboration book (which you can order from here.) It is a poem reaching for a way to describe what happens when a sense of the divine lands in the mess of ordinary humanity.


Open the sky


Open the sky and let some light in

Let this night be night no longer

Let stars shine down in shafts of love

Illuminating the ordinary things

All down with dirt and common use

Let donkeys laugh out loud

For now the basest things

Are all silvered up in grace

Lubricated with kindness

For he is coming


Not to penthouses, or to plump our cushions of comfort

Or to stroke the fragile ego of celebrity

Not to strengthen the armies of the powerful

Or to expand their empty empires

Not to shape a new cathedral from seductive certainty

Or to doctor our old doctrines


He is not coming to the exclusive religious few

But to you;

The mess of you

All your brokenness

All your failure

He comes in the certain knowledge that

You will fail again


So open the sky and

let some light in


Chris Goan