Our vase today, ‘Iris en Ciel’, tells the tale of sisters on opposite sides of a war, loyalty to the gods, travel by rainbow, and a goddess with a sweet tooth who was a messenger that would give the postal service a run for their money while bringing your prayers to the gods.
Fraternal twins Iris and her sister Arke, would both born to be messengers to the gods, but would have very different fates. Iris would remain loyal to the Olympian gods. Her sister Arke would choose to get mixed up with the wrong crowd. She would become messenger for the Titans in what would be their losing war against the gods of Olympus.
This mistake would cost Arke her wings and earn her ticket to the Titan prison known as Tartarus. Tartarus was a deep dark dungeon in the underworld. Not a very nice place, but she got off lightly compared to another Titan whose story we have told.
Iris, however, would not waver in her loyalty to the Olympian gods. She would remain their messenger. It was thought that she had a rainbow coat and used it to create rainbows to travel from place to place. In between what must have been her exhaustive duties as messenger for the rather high maintenance gods of Olympus, Iris would still find time for her other duties. Clearly the winged goddess knew the plight of a working woman!
Iris also helped humans connect with the gods. She assisted by bringing people’s prayers to the gods, and sometimes even intervening herself on someone’s behalf to their benefit.
Those in the know were aware that Iris had a sweet tooth. She really loved date squares, and those who were wise to this morsel of information would leave her a sweet honey cake. Have a prayer you want answered?
Better get baking!
What do you think of our raku pottery vase ‘Iris’ Rainbow’ and our story today? Please let me know in the comments below! You can also see more raku pottery vases and their stories here.
Did you know you can read more stories like this in our first book ‘A Potter’s Dream: Myths and Legends’? We are currently at 93% of our goal to print this book, which will be sent out in time for Christmas. You can pre-order your copy and help us make the dream a reality here! We are also offering options for support where you can get some of the pottery in the book, like this piece! Please take a look at this campaign if you are interested in a vase of your own.
Your vase is beautiful. And l love the story that goes with it. You are truly an artist! 💜
Thank you so much for your very kind words Claudia! They mean so much to me and I very much appreciate them. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
Beautiful colors and shapes. The continued story of the gods and goddesses is appreciated. I love those stories.
Thank you so much for your kind words! It makes me happy to hear that you appreciate the stories 😉 I am about to publish a book full of them and I hope they are well received! I hope yur week has been going well!
Pottery is an art. I appreciate pottery because in school I had to learn how to throw pots. It was really hard and not a craft that was easy for me. Good luck with your book. Raku is so magical.
Pottery is one of those forms of art that looks easy – that is until you give it a try! It was a lot harder for me to learn than I thought it would be. I hope you are having a magical weekend.
Thank you! You too.
When stressed I would go into my kitchen and bake….how funny. My oven is broken so there goes that token of wisdom. Least my range is still functioning…..
Great story and amazing pottery form love the sugar coating…lol
Thank you so much for a ‘sweet’ laugh after a long day 😉
That is funny, because I have been known to bake when under stress.
Glad to hear your range is working. I hope your oven is working again soon so you can bake! And I hope you are having a good week 😉
Thank you so much! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. It was a rainy windy Halloween here!
It was nice and chilly here in Texas. I hope you received my email on how to suedo reblog.
I sure did! And guess what? I reposted the interview yesterday. People really enjoyed it, so I thank you so much for prompting me to do this and all of your wonderful and kind support. I heard from a reader in Georgia they had a cold snap there too! Keep warm and all the best for the weekend.
A lovely story and vase
Thank you so much for your very kind comment. I hope you are doing well and having a great week so far.
That’s a beauty ❤️!
Thanks Doree! Wait till you see the healing vase 😉 I fired it last night!
I love the depth of color and metallic sheen
Thank you so much for your kind comment. I hope you are having a great week so far!
Thank you so much Sabrina!
<3 falling in love….. 🙂 art & story <3
Thank you so much! Your kind comments always make my day! Hope all is well with you and your are enjoying life!
Nice blending of art, story and food. Thank you for visiting my blog and your like on my latest post. I’m pleased to discover your site.
Thanks for visiting my site and taking the time to comment. It means a lot. Your food photography photos look great – particularly the dates 😉
I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!
The colour patterns on your vases are always interesting. Thanks for sharing the photos and the story of Iris.
Thank you so much for your kind comment and for taking the time to read about Iris and take a look at some of my pottery. I very much appreciate it and hope you are having a great week so far!
I can’t cook or bake for that matter but like Iris, I also have a sweet tooth. Thank you for sharing your beautiful art and stories.
I have a sweet tooth and it is worse when you can bake 😉 Thank you for your very kind comment and I hope you are having a great week so far. Things have been pretty hectic here.
Thank you so much! Hope you are having a nice week so far 😉
J’adore the nacreous iridescence on Iris.
Merci! I very much love that effect on Iris as well 😉 Hope your week is going well!
Your work is profound. Behind every great work of art is a story, and I like how you intertwine your artistic craftsmanship with the myths of old. It adds true depth to the work.
Thank you so very much for your kind comment. I very much appreciate that you can see all of that in my work, it makes me happy. I hope you are very well!
Oh poor Arke… and wonderful Iris… what a story, thank you for sharing… 🙂 the vases are beautiful… 🙂
Thank you so much for taking a look and taking the time to comment! I hope you are well and your week is going great!
thank you … happy weekend to you and yours… 🙂
What a lovely and enchanting story. Your work is captivating. The reflective colors and what almost looks like layers on your vases are simply gorgeous. Your book cover is very nicely done. Thanks for sharing. Love ❤️ Joni
Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Joni! It means a lot to me. Lots of love to your and yours and wishes for an amazing weekend 😉
My absolute pleasure. You enjoy your weekend as well. Love 💕 Joni
I just subscribed to your YouTube, please do the same for me!!💕
Thank you! I just checked and we have already subscribed to your channel at some point, but I am taking another look at it now. Looks like you had lots of fun building that scarecrow with your family!
Ok thank you. Yes it’s fun, but wish I had the talents you do. Love your work!