Now that it’s been fired, the pot is very, very strong. But can anything be done if it gets broken? It has been permanently, unalterably, forever changed. Time has passed. And trials. It is rigid now. Strong. Hard. Water can’t touch it. It won’t dissolve. But a small chip, crack, or break can still be mended. It is not too late to redeem it. The potter gathers up the bits, dusts them off, reattaches them, and smooths them over. He uses a very strong bonding material—so strong, in fact, that the bonded place becomes stronger than the pot itself. If the pot is subjected to stress again, it will not break in the place that has been repaired. It becomes strongest in the broken places.