Monday, November 16, 2009

Thrift Rescue

As I walked around the thrift store one day last week I spotted the little clay figurine. It was still there after a few weeks of being ignored by all the shoppers -- including me. But this time I decided to bring it home.
It is just a small light brown clay vessel squeezed into an oval shape. It sits on four ball feet. The sides have a wash of white.

Along the upper edge, small striations represent straw.

Inside is a little figure with a round head, three poke marks for eyes and nose, and a curve for a mouth. It’s a little baby!

While the manger is whitewashed, the blanket is a small swath of blue:

I wonder who made this little representation of the Savior in the manger. On the bottom there are illegible markings, probably a name and date.

This little clay piece deserved to be rescued since someone, one day, thought of the Baby Jesus as an appropriate subject for a little work of art in clay.

Considering the blue blanket, this post is linked to Blue Monday.

Blue Monday is sponsored by our gracious Sally at Smiling Sally.. Please visit her for more participants.
Because someone took a lump of clay and transformed it into a representation of Christ’s nativity, it is also being linked to Metamorphosis Monday

Metamorphosis Monday, is hosted by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch.
See more transformations at her blog.

Since this is handmade product, I am also linking to Handmade Holiday.

Handmade Holiday is hosted by Kathy at Kathy's Cottage. See more interesting handmade items for the holidays at Kathy's Cottage


  1. Hi Carrie,
    I have begun a collection of nativity sets and I remembered that I had your blogspot saved in my little blogger book. A friend found a wooden, carved nativity for me that looks very much like the one you show that is from Bethlehem. There are no markings on the bottom of the creche and the figures are very roughly carved. I really like the look of it, too. I love it that you rescued the little baby Jesus made of clay!

  2. Daisy--
    Oh, wonderful...a new nativity collector! I'd like to know more as you continue to grow your collection. Let me know if I can be of help to you.

  3. Carrie, you are a softie, indeed! With all of the nativities you possess, you recognized that this one was made with extra care. Good job! Have a Happy Blue Monday.

  4. Carrie,
    I will post pictures of the nativities I have so far. I'll let you know when I do!


  5. Carrie, that is adorable. I am so glad you rescued it! It deserved a good home and found it with you.

    Happy Blue Monday...


    Sheila :-)

  6. Hi Carrie, this is so sweet. I think it is wonderful that you saved this little piece of someones remembrance of Jesus. Thanks for linking up.