The Red Pagoda

Our raku pottery vase story this week

Tells the tale of an Asian architectural staple: the pagoda.

In poetry, they have been praised for the spectacular views they afford. The oldest of these structures were built of wood, though most of the survivors of today, are brick or stone. It is without further ado that I unveil our raku vase

‘The Red Pagoda’.

The Red Pagoda
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Pagoda’s were places of spiritual significance,

Mostly Buddhist, but sometimes Taoist. It must have been their irresistible ‘chi’ that made them so attractive!

Their origins trace back to India and the ‘stupa’, which was used to house spiritual relics. Their beauty has ensured that these structures eventually spread across most of the Asian continent, where it’s design has been reinterpreted in as many different ways as places it’s been built.

Pagoda’s are almost always built with an odd number of levels

(You’ll see mine has five). There were no floors on the inside of the pagodas, some were even solid structures. But usually there was a staircase to the top, where visitors could make a joyful climb to take in the view of the landscape around them through the windows and viewing spaces on one side of the structure.

With this vase, you can see all 5 levels of the pagoda in one rich, red place.

PAgo-don’t Go before you answer this:

what do you think of my vase interpretation of the pagoda?

And how do you like that red glaze?

Fresh from a scrubbing

Let me know in the comments below!

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    1. That’s a raku glaze and would not be suitable or safe for dinnerware, but I am working on a red glaze for a coffee mug too. Stay tuned! Thanks for your comment and I hope you have a wonderful day!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. The red glaze is a favourite of mine! I hope you are doing well and have a great day!

  1. My first thought was of Chureito Pagoda in Japan, so often photographed with Mt. Fuji in the distance. And yes, as everyone has stated so far, that red glaze is amazing.

    1. Thank you Mike! I will definitely check out the Chureito Pagoda. Glad to hear the red resonates with you as well. I especially love deep red as an accent colour (which makes it great for pottery!)

    1. Thank you! and yes you are right I had posted it the vase when it was newly created as well. Thank you for noticing!

    1. due to the cracking inherent in raku, putting plants in them that are often watered is not recommended. Decorating wise, dried sticks or air plants etc but best to avoid soil

      1. Raku is good– How about water based plants in vases — which are painted by Modern arts– You know even I can try modern art with some colored paints, did you ever try modern art paints on your vases for water based plants or even for water. You know as a young kid I used to keep earthen water bottle with me – it used to keep water cool, and the water was tasty as well- Every tasted? But with paints on it- I don’t know if one can drink such water——

    1. Thank you, Astrid! Lovely to hear that this piece resonates with you. 🙏 I hope you are keeping well!

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