This weeks raku pottery vase is called ‘Völuspá‘ and tells the tale from the dawn of creation to the end of the world, of an oracle known as a volva, who saw it all, and her audience with Odin, the god of wisdom, poetry, death, magic and divination.
If you are a god of poetry, magic and divination
And a volva/seeress tempts you with ancient and future knowledge, you’d be sure to grant her an audience and see her. That’s just what Odin did.
How could he resist after the seeress flaunted that she was raised by giants.
It certainly seemed like she was a big deal.
The seeress related the creation myth of the Earth, and the appearance of Ymir, a primeval being, whom the gods, including Odin would make the Earth from. His body would become the Earth itself, his blood the oceans, and his brains the clouds. It seems that our friend Ymir that we are walking all over was a bit of an airhead.
And for that we should all be grateful- since essentially we live on them.
We humans often think we are a big deal
But just as a reminder of how small we really are in the grand scheme of things, we came after the gods, the giants, various other mythical beasts and the dwarves.
The seeress then went on to tell the tale of the Yggdrasil, which some of our readers who’ve been with us for awhile, or anyone who has purchased our book, cough cough, may remember this piece.
You can see more photos of this delicate piece that defied the odds and survived a raku firing and read the story of this mythical tree here.
The seeress then goes on
To speak of Ragnarok – the end of the world – where all the gods meet their end. Including Odin.
That’s what you get Odin for your giant sized curiosity and being charmed by a volva!
But fear not!
After Ragnarok, a new world is born, more abundant then ever.
Thus the cycle continues.
What did you think of the seeress’ prophecy, and Odin discovering that he too was mortal? And how did you like our latest raku pottery vase? Let us know in the comments below!
Gorgeous. Perfect combo of colors and shape to this untrained eye. Story is a winner too.
Thank you Jane! Glad to hear that they resonated with you 🙏 Keep well!
Gorgeous. Perfect combo of color and shape. Great story telling as well.
That vase is stunning!
Thank you! So glad you like it! 🙏 Keep well!
Love the pops of pink like blushes!
Ahh! lovely way to explain the pink! Now I will be thinking about Voluspa having pink cheeks! 😀 I hope you are keeping safe and well! 🙏
Thank you, kindly. I can’t wait to sell some of this rubbish writing so I can buy one of your stellar vases. I think when I see mine, I will know it’s meant to be. Am staying well, wishing you same. K.
Always a delight to read your stories of things I do not know about! Thanks for sharing! I love your work and so admire your skill. Though I am a lover of pinks and purple, I lean towards the earthly colors for pottery. I’m an odd duck for sure!
No need to explain! We like what we like 🙂 Thank you for your kind comment and so glad you enjoy the stories! 🙏
The song has such wonderful memories for me, the colors of your vase are beautiful. 😎
It’s a wonderful song! Heck I love Tears for Fears in general. Thanks for your kind comment, John!
Awesome colours and love the Tears for Fears nostalgia, nice touch. 😀
Thanks Sharon! I appreciate your kind comment! 🙏 I do love that song, and many Tears for Fears songs admittedly.
Beautiful! That kaleidoscope of color seems perfect for the myriad visions of the volva.