Do You Remember Looking At The Clouds As A Child, And All The Things You Would See?

This week our raku pottery vase will take you back to your early years, or maybe not so long ago.

When was the last time you looked up at the clouds and unleashed your imagination? My doing so this week inspired both the name and story for this week’s vase!

The Nephelai$118
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Raku pottery vase ‘The Nephelai‘ tells the tale of these offspring of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys, who at first glance you may not see, but they definitely have a seat at the table. The water table that is!

They also don’t like Tori Amos very much.

Look up at the sky some time and you may see, hopefully only a few, clouds.

Or so you think!

What you might be seeing are the white billowing robes of the mostly transparent, but beautiful Nephelai.

The Nephelai were the nymphs of the sky, and if you’ve ever forgotten your umbrella and then got wet on a rainy day, it’s their fault. For these nymphs were far more than just a pretty face.

They would spend their days collecting water in their cloudy pitchers, carrying them to the heavens. When all the pitchers were full, they would pour them from the heavens and nourish the earth with the water.

Talk about being prepared for a rainy day!

Watch out Tori Amos! The next time you are bouncing off clouds you might hit one of the Nephelai and spill their jug.

Maybe it’s Tori Amos’ fault when it rains?

What did you think of this weeks raku pottery vase, ‘The Nephelai’ and their story?

And what was the last thing your imagination let you see in the clouds?

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9 Comments

    1. haha! That made me smile. Thank you Tish! I do recall you saying you are thinking of getting a dog if I remember correctly! I was thinking of that when I read it, and when you get the pup, if you’re interested, we’d like to make a dog tag for their collar and send it to you as a gift. So keep us posted! Hope you are having a wonderful day. It’s summer here, at least for today!

  1. Thank you Tish! I do recall you saying you are thinking of getting a dog if I remember correctly! I was thinking of that when I read it, and when you get the pup, if you’re interested, we’d like to make a dog tag for their collar and send it to you as a gift. So keep us posted! Hope you are having a wonderful day. It’s summer here, at least for today!

  2. The pottery is illuminating. Thank you so much for sharing the story about the Nephelai. I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about Greek mythology but I had never heard of these delightful nymphs. I cannot find much online about them; I found that they are sisters of the River Gods. I wonder if they also have cousins of Thunder and Lightning? I love the energy of a good thunderstorm. I very much enjoyed your post. Your work is spectacular.

    1. Thank you so much for your very kind comment and words about my pottery! I would say the Nephelai maybe minor figures in Greek mythology, but I found much beauty in the simplicity of their narrative and it seemed perfect for the story. There were other types of nymphs too, for the mountains, the seas, the forests, I may be missing a few.
      I also love thunder and lightening storms too, so much so that I am often outside when I shouldn’t be during them.
      I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thank you again!

    1. I am with you on the never stopped looking part! I love dragons! I haven’t seen on of those in the clouds in awhile, but I did see a velicoraptor not too long ago 😉 I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for your comment!

    1. Thank you! I am glad you found the story interesting. I need to get working on one for next week!

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