Wedded Blas(phemy)

This One Time, At Bane Camp

Hephaestus, blacksmith of the Olympian gods (and he honoured by the Hephaestus Forge raku vase), discovered his wife, Aphrodite, goddess of love, having an affair with Ares, the god of war. He became enraged and vowed to avenge himself for Aphrodite’s infidelity by cursing any lineage of children resulting from the affair. Aphrodite bore a daughter, Harmonia, from Ares’ seed. Harmonia grew up and was later betrothed to Cadmus of Thebes. Upon hearing of the royal engagement, Hephaestus presented Harmonia with an exquisite necklace and robe as a wedding gift.

In some versions of the myth, only the necklace is given. In either case, the necklace was wrought by Hephaestus‘ own hand and was cursed to bring disaster to any who wore it.

The Necklace of Harmonia may have cursed it’s wearer, but thankfully I did not make that.

But I did make this, and I hope you might like it.

Parenthood Pendant – $28
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made with love (not curses) by us here at The Alchemist’s Studio, THe Parenthood Pendant celebrates those parents who love their progeny while also remembering to not put never-ending naughty no-nos on them. 🙏

(Sorry for the language, Hephaestus) More Jewelry including a Copper-coloured Parenthood Pendant can be seen here.

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  1. Beautiful art you make. Jay Jaspher one suggestion- why don’t you make wall tiles with raku, people shall stop drilling earth for marbles and no synthetic tiles too— then— you make jewels, do burn some beads in raku too–I personally love colored beads and they are too costly, hopefully I can afford raku beads ~~

  2. Thanks! Beads are tricky for raku as they must be fired in a way that they can be pulled hot from the kiln and put into the reduction container without touching any other bead or item. It can be done much more carefully on a bead rack for non raku pieces (as they never leave the kiln until cool). Raku requires that drastic temperature changen and loss of oxygen in the reduction bin to get the cracks. Definitely a tricky thing to do

    1. hmm….okies..Thanks Jay ! I just love the mingling colors you make, so thought it can be put in through pottery..You are expert in your domain.

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