This 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!
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.
Shangri-La was also one of the pieces I included in my 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.
Your Shangri-La is a very beautiful work of art. The ancient process of making pottery displayed in the video is fascinating. I can see how the process and finished products bring great pride and pleasure. I hope there can be a real Shangri-La.
Thank you! That is very kind of you to share in your comment. I hope for a real (non-pottery vase) Shangri-La as well
nice to see the video.
Glad you were able to see it and enjoy it! 🙏 Hope you are keeping well!
It’s beautiful! Do your rake pots hold water?
Raku does not permanently no, but is great for dried flowers, sticks, etc.
As a temporary measure, a piece of paper towel can be wet and squeezed out then used to wrap the stems inside the vase. We’ve done that a few times here. 🙂
You implying that I use that and I’ll age slowly? impressive I bet use it to impress ladies
Not sure about the name but I love this vase!
Thank you! 🙂 🙏
I love the colours, but don’t imagine a Shangri-La.
Perhaps we can each make our own smaller versions of it in our own homes. 🙏 Hope you are keeping well, Vivienne!
The vase is beautiful. I hope there can be a Shangri-La someday.
Thank you Julia, I hope so as well! 🙏