I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend! I have been hard at work in the studio and I will have some exciting new pieces to share with you soon.
In the meantime, I wanted to unveil a new vase with you inspired by a legend from the Northwest of the United States that tells the tale of a love triangle of the gods and a fiery tale of sibling rivalry that required some pretty extreme parental intervention.
I am also going to reveal the name that was selected for our July edition of ‘Name that Vase’. I want to thank everyone who submitted their ideas and beautiful writing and prose. You can check out some of the spectacular writing at the link above.
The aboriginal people in the north west of the United States told early explorers a tale about a mountain called Louwala-Clough, which is also the name of our latest raku pottery vase. You may know this mountain as Mount St. Helens.
According to legend, this mountain used to be a beautiful woman who was named Loowit. There were two braves, who happened to be brothers that were vying for her love. These were not just any two braves, for they were the sons of the Great Spirit, Sahale.
Unfortunately, Loowit spoiled by choice, could not decide which of these brothers to choose. This only intensified the rivalry between the two brothers Wyeast and Klickitat. They fought intensely, leaving a fiery trail of destruction around them, throwing rocks and liquid fire at one another, burning villages and forest alike.
Their father, the Great Spirit, Sahale grew weary of the destruction caused by his battling sons and the indecisive beauty Loowit. In a move that would be frowned upon by any of today’s authorities on parenting, but probably very much appreciated by the locals of the time, he decided to smite all three of them.
In their place he erected three mountain peaks, Loowit was turned to a beautiful snow covered peak (Mount St. Helens), Wyeast (Mount Hood) with his head raised in pride, and Klickitat (Mount Adams) with his gaze fixed on Loowit for all of eternity – or until erosion ultimately gets the better of the three.
Now due to her indecisiveness Loowit gets to spend what will seem like an eternity with two rock solid men and is spared the anguish of choice.
Now for our exciting announcement of the name selected for our July edition of ‘Name that Vase’ that caused me to strongly relate to the indecisiveness of Loowit! There were so many great entries this time around, and it was so hard to choose. I strongly encourage you to check them all out here.
There was one particular entry that struck a cord deeply with me, and captured my experience over the last few months.
That suggestion came to us from artist, Mandy Lewis-Houston, who suggested the name ‘Phoenix Reborn’, you can see more images of the vase at the link. Thank you so much for your incredibly insightful suggestion. It touched my heart.
Did you know, you can read more raku vase stories by clicking on any of the vases in our gallery here?
What do you think about our latest vase – Louwala-Clough? And the name selected for July’s ‘Name that Vase’?