Last week, we told the story of the raku pottery vase – The Titans – and a time before the gods, which you can read here. But what of a time before Cronus and Rhea? This week we are firing up the trusty time machine once again to answer the question of what was before them.
Today’s vase story, Gaia’s Revenge, tells the tale of a plucky mother that came from chaos, to form and become the source of life and sustenance for our planet. But as nice as all that is, she was also married to a real pain in the butt, whose control issues caused her more pain than childbirth. She’d of course solve this problem, with a little help and she’d inspire a certain Bobbit in the the future.
Let’s be clear about one thing. Gaia was first. It was from her, that sprang her controlling, and unreasonable partner. She has her own day named after her, and he is indeed the butt of many jokes made even today. Gaia was the mother of Cronus, and regretfully the partner of Uranus.
Gaia came from Chaos, harnessing the best of their creative energy. The day came that a certain sexy sky god sprang from her and she was quite smitten. He was as beautiful as the night sky, because, he was in fact the night sky! How could she resist his expansive twinkles and flashes of light.
In a moment inspired by the beauty of Uranus, she had a brilliant idea! That instead of her just creating on her own, that maybe a collaboration was in order. And so it was that she was able to convince Uranus to have children with her. Their new relationship energy brought much bliss – and children. It was during this time that she gave birth to the Giants, the Titans, Oceanus and indeed the whole world. Gaia thought everything was fine. Until one day …
Uranus had enough. And you might have too if your children ranged from several species, some one off creatures, all together numbering over fifty. Eventually he had enough of all these wild and unruly offspring, and decided to imprison the youngest of his children. And in no way was Uranus interested in any more booty calls with Gaia. No matter how much of that new drink called wine she gave him.
Gaia was not pleased that Uranus had imprisoned their children. Even more unsavoury was the fact that he imprisoned them in the bowels of the Earth. And we all know that Earth is another name for Gaia, and what he thought of as her bowels, she saw as her womb. No wonder this couple was in serious trouble.
Little did Uranus know that his son Cronus was just waiting to depose his father who was flush with power. When Gaia asked who was brave enough amongst her sons to castrate their father, it was only Cronus who had the balls to do so!
As Uranus’ testicles and blood hit the Earth many more children would emerge from his final fertile act. With one slice of a sickle, his job as master of the universe was down the toilet.
So the next time you see an image of Gaia with a sickle, just know the real reason why it’s there. And maybe we should all remember that Gaia is only going to put up with so much of our garbage.
What did you think of our latest vase and story? Let me know in the comments below. You can check out more raku pottery vases and their stories here.
Love the classic stories! And I remember the Bobbit incident, too! 🙂 – Oh, beautiful vase by the way!
I enjoyed last week’s story and I’m very much intrigued by this one. The vase is gorgeous and I’m really liking the glaze on it.
interesting story! beautiful vase also!
What a lovely vase, reminds me of an ancient paper covered globe, beautiful and interesting.
Amazing Uranus 💙💚
These old gods seemed to have more problems than a cracked vase – and I liked the effect on the one shown.
I love this vase and the symbolism it represents to the story of Gaia. Please email me details, if this vase if available for purchase. Thank you!
Hi Michele! I sent it to the email address that we had for you in the newsletter list 🙂
Great, will check it out. Thanks!
I thought that the last word in your story was going to be “junk.”
The vase fabulous colour and design. Story very intriguing.
The exquisite crack patterns large and small bring “Picasso’s Turtle” as a lay nickname for “Gaia’s Revenge.” Love the new take I have on that sickle — which Autocorrect tried to make into Snickers. Also, the larger cracks feel like she sickled the earth to establish places of power and realms of the regal for her scary mad wicked righteous slice.
When I look at the more distant photos, the decoration on the vase reminds me of a globe of the Earth. That seems very appropriate based on the story that you’ve told. It’s a lovely vase.
I remember seeing a movie about these gods or a book
There is our book about gods and pottery 🙂 https://rakupottery.ca/buy-the-book/
I love the way you tell this story, especially Gaia’s decision to co-create! Too bad Uranus decided to be a butt later on. 😉 And that vase is perfect for Gaia’s many facets and creations!
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