Our next vase is named after a mythical city, located in a mystical valley and enclosed by the Kunlun Mountains. This place has been immortalized in writing, film, television, music and now in pottery. Maybe you have heard of it?
Jem and the holograms journeyed there, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow woke up there in ‘Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow’, resorts have been named after it, Stevie Nicks named a solo album after this place and Scooby Doo (Shaggy too) found it!
Shangri-La was one of the pieces I included in my recent exhibit, ‘The Myth of Family’ at the Oxford Riverside Gallery. You can learn more about this exhibit and my process creating the art work for it here. Be sure to watch the video which includes footage of throwing on the wheel, firing, the venue and the pieces exhibited.
This mythical utopia is considered to be an earthly paradise where the inhabitants age very slowly and are practically immortal. People here are fabled to live hundreds of years beyond an ordinary lifespan.
Shangri-la, much like the Garden of Eden is representative of a paradise hidden from today’s society. Something that many yearn for and seek, but few find.
Perhaps one day our global family can create Shangri-la on this Earth and this myth may become reality and we can all live in a utopia of our creation.
What do you think of this raku pottery vase ‘Shangri-La’? Do you think that such a Utopia can exist on Earth?