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

Let’s go 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 inspired both the name and story for this raku 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 raku pottery vase, ‘The Nephelai’ and it’s story?

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

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  1. I still do that, looking up at the sky and wonder. (Especially at night)
    Wonder about things that donโ€™t even exist yet.

    (Btw, its really a beautiful story) ๐Ÿ™Œ

  2. Thank you for this. Raku is a wonderful form of decoration and I had a go a couple if times before I got a kiln. Itโ€™s a muffler kiln so should work for raku but I need to get better acquainted with it first and maybe get a tutor of mine to supervise to get the courage up to have a go at home. The story was delightful too. ๐Ÿ‘

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