Name That Vase – November 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 authorwilliammangieri for their name and write-up! Congratulations!

Andromeda’s Genesis

I submit “Andromeda’s Genesis”

There was something about the pattern on that made me think of the birth of a galaxy, perhaps of all creation. I did a search online and discovered a picture jarringly similar, of the large emission nebula IC 1396 in Cepheus.

Here’s the picture:

I continued down the rabbit hole and found the story of Cepheus & Cassiopeia and what they did to their daughter Andromeda before Perseus saved her.

Forgive the free verse – I normally avoid poetry.

Andromeda’s Genesis

Clay spun out
in a spiral nebulae
Resembles Cepheus,
Who with Cassiopeia
Emits Andromeda
She finds how worthless family can be
They sacrifice her
for the sins of the mother
Yet saved by Perseus,
she spends eternity with her hero in the sky.

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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!

And if you like this glaze, there are a few others items in it as well, including these two Christmas ornaments!

Double-Sided Chromium Yoda

Geometric Raku Chromium

Looking forward to reading your submissions!

If you have coronavirus on mind (as so many of us do right now) please check out this helpful post, B-B-B Bye Corona, Self-Care In The Time of Pandemic.


    1. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing your name. Looking forward to digging in to that wikipedia link as well! Stay well! 🙏

    1. I can really feel that with the colours on this vase. Thanks for your contribution Tish! I hope you are keeping well 🙏

    1. Hi Jane! I would love to see it! Would you be able to post it as a reply here (Paste in a comment) or send the text itself (rather than the link) to email? I am excited to read it – should you have time. I understand its been a frustrating experience 🙏

      1. I reflected on this Vase, the beauty of it, it’s shape, it’s texture. What do you see?

        Today is one of those difficult, frustrating, nothing going right kind of days. One of those, no I’m not OK kind of days. I feel angry, defiant and hopeless and looking at this Vase it just made me think of bruises, the different colours, the shine that we put on our bruises that are bruises nevertheless.

        What bruises do we carry? Thinking about those caused by government as the head of our family, not a beneficent one perhaps. Our original family? One that nurtured us or not? The family we have, or don’t have now. What bruises do we hold. Do they shine and make us our beautiful selves despite our lumps and bumps.

        Today I’ve battled. It’s tiring. Even the simple things too hard, hitting those buttons from childhood. Aware of that child inside needing love and care. Feeling the bruises. Do we all have childhood bruises I wonder?

        What about the bruises that are caused by everyday life, taking it’s toll. Money worries, jobs that need to be done, not getting done…

        What a beautiful vase. I’m thankful it has no lid. How we like to hide away from our hurts, move on, don’t dwell, yet out of the earth came this beautiful vase, hand crafted, held in hand and heart, it has a richness, a shimmer, a pearl, a life of its own. The most beautiful it can be. Perfect in it’s imperfection.

        Thank you for sharing your November Vase with us.

    1. Very interesting! Thank you for sharing. Luckily we do not accept purchases in baby 🙂 Keep well! 🙏

    1. Thank you Don! I I am glad to share it with you and appreciate your kind comment. Keep well! 🙏

    1. It was a very interesting inspiration to read! I really enjoyed it and was so glad to have it as part of Name That Vase!

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