The potter makes the earthen jug out of earth that he has especially chosen and prepared for it.The jug consists of that earth. By virtue of what the jug consists of, it too can stand on the earth, either immediately or through the mediation of a table and a bench. What exists by such producing is what stands on its own, is self-supporting.When we take the jug as a made vessel, then surely we are apprehending it-so it seems-as a thing and never as a mere object.
Martin Heidegger, The thing (in) Poetry, Language, Thought