Name That Vase – June 2021

It’s time to share our winner and feature another vase in need of a name! Welcome to ‘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 time’s winner Christine Mallaband Brown for her name and write-up!



I’m thinking Surtsea, (not sure of spelling), an island that built itself up overnight (volcanic) that appeared almost overnight as a volcanic cone made of black ash? I think it happened in the 1960’s. The wave shape on the pot and the coppery colours make me think of magma sizzling in a boiling sea.

So it turns out that Surtsey the volcanic island was named after Surtr, a fire jötunn or giant from Norse mythology! Surtr is foretold as being a major figure during the events of Ragnarök; carrying his bright sword, he will go to battle against the Æsir, he will do battle with the major god Freyr, and afterward the flames that he brings forth will engulf the Earth.

Pretty perfect for a raku vase from
The Alchemist’s Studio I would say!

Surtsey $98
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And into our new month!

What do you think
this vase should be named?

Please add what you think the name should be for this month’s vase and any associated poetry or story in the comments below.

Looking forward to reading your submissions!

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    1. Oh wonderful! So glad you saw the post and thank you again for naming this vase, Christine!

  1. Fingal’s Cave
    (From Wikipedia) … Fingal’s Cave is formed entirely from hexagonally jointed basalt columns within a Paleocene lava flow, similar in structure to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland and those of nearby Ulva.
    In all these cases, cooling on the upper and lower surfaces of the solidified lava resulted in contraction and fracturing, starting in a blocky tetragonal pattern and transitioning to a regular hexagonal fracture pattern with fractures perpendicular to the cooling surfaces. As cooling continued these cracks gradually extended toward the centre of the flow, forming the long hexagonal columns we see in the wave-eroded cross-section today.

  2. You could call it “The Canal” or be specific about what canal because it looks like desert on both sides, so maybe “Suez”. I’ve never been there.

  3. You could name it Oasis. It resembles a cool spot in the middle of the desert where you can find refreshment on your journey, whatever your journey may be.

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