I originally ran across the poem, The Kiln, in a book about Greek pottery, and I had to laugh. What’s the saying, "The more things change the more they stay the same."? One of the aspects of pottery I love is a connection to the past and being part of something larger than just an individual person.
Essentially, the poem is a kind of curse against potters who choose to practice their craft in a less than virtuous manner (here’s looking at you shirtless and gratuitous cleavage throwers of Instagram). In all seriousness, which potter can’t relate to the highest highs and lowest lows when opening the kiln and believe just a tiny bit that there is something else at play – something, a little like magic.
The Kiln is attributed to eighth-century B.C. poet, Homer. Read more about the poem in Nancy T. de Grummond's article, "Cult of the Kiln," published in Archaeology, Vol. 54, No. 1 (January/February 2001), pp. 58-60 (3 pages).