Name That Vase – May 2020

It’s time to share our winner and feature another vase in need of a name! Welcome to my monthly feature – ‘Name that Vase’.

For those who are new to this feature, ‘Name that Vase’ is where you can suggest a name, create a story, poem or prose for this raku pottery vase. Consider this your chance to be inspired, a writing prompt or a creative cue. You can check out a ‘Name that Vase’ post to see how it works, or if you are feeling nostalgic, you can check out the first ever ‘Name that Vase’ post that started what has now become a monthly tradition for our blog and readers.

This month we have a very special vase for your naming, but first we must congratulate last month’s winner sherriinsrq for their name and write-up! Congratulations!

Hope Rising in Springtime

Right now with everything so uncertain,
It’s wonderful to know we can count on such things as sunrise and sunset. It’s the promise of a new day ahead that gives me hope and encouragement
No matter what the day holds.

And into our new month!

Here is our vase for this month:

Please add what you think the name should be for this month’s vase and any associated poetry or story in the comments below. I look forward to reading all your great ideas!

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  1. Call it Issek.

    Issek the Jug is known as a god of peace and as a symbol of strength and perseverance for those who suffer hardships such as poverty or disfigurement. He offers Waters of Peace from the Cistern of Cillivat.

    1. Of course! Thank you for participating! So happy to be able to include your wonderful submission!

    1. Interesting! Thank you for your submission, Ben! I hope you are keeping well.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Dawn, and of course for your submission! I hope you are doing well.

    1. That is a wonderful thing to share, thank you for your kindness in sharing it with me! I hope you are keeping well, Tamara!

  2. or, “Dancing Petroglyphs.” “The Dance of the Petroglyphs.” I’m just seeing all kinds of stick-figure characters as if they are kelping around a campfire.

  3. Well English is not my language and so I am not very litterate to rhym in it, but I tried.
    My first thought was Hyroglyphs when I did see the red side. Then I saw the blue side and I did hyroglyphs would only name half the vase. But then I noticed there were some very tiny hyroglyphs also there.
    So yes, I would name them Hyroglyphs.

    Time did write hyroglyphs in the fire in the kiln.
    There is hurt there, scars, indents liked it was pained skin.
    Though only on one side.
    The other side cools the pain,
    all that water, not in vain.
    Smokey tones of colour merge bottom and top.
    There are also hyroglyphs, little black ones,
    not washed away .
    Unable to decyphre them it s history comes to a full stop
    baked in clay for ever and a day.

    1. Thank you for this Cecile! Its clear you have put a lot of thought in to your entry. I hope you are staying safe and well.

  4. Summer Sunsets Over the Sea

    Firey summer sun sets over the sea, warms my upturned face and the core of me

    Sand moves over my feet and seeps between my toes, birds adrift on cotton clouds move to and fro

    No more beautiful a view anyone saw as the waves ebb and flow in and out from the shore

    Firey summer sunset draw me into you, your calming rays penetrate and nourish my soul anew

    By Jo Wright (Me) 18th May 2020

    (I’m new to this, hope I did it right!)

  5. My name for the vase is The May Queen –

    The May Queen is also known as The Maiden, the goddess of spring, flower bride, queen of the faeries, and the lady of the flowers. The May Queen is a symbol of the stillness of nature around which everything revolves. She stands for purity, strength and the potential for growth, as the plants grow in May. She is one of many personifications of the energy of the earth.

    1. Thanks for your submission, Eugenia! I hope you are keeping safe and well.

  6. My vote is Mars and Venus.

    One half has the tone of copper, the metal of Venus while the other could look like iron, associated with Mars. I even see a hint of figures at the place where the tones touch. Though not married, tales tell of Mars and Venus having a strong attraction to one another, yet they could not openly act on it because Zeus had promised Venus to Vulcan. The Roman poet Claudian describes a temple with a pair of statues commemorating their desire, made out of magnetic material so that as they neared they would literally spring together. Modern scholars aren’t sure those statues truly existed, so perhaps they are just another part of the myth!*/29.html#note:shrine_of_Mars_and_Venus

    1. Thank you for this! This is a fascinating entry! I hope you are keeping safe and well!

    1. Thank you for your submission, or in Danish, tak for din indsendelse! I hope you are keeping well, Silver!

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