This raku pottery vase, ‘The Flight of Icarus’, tells the tale of the fabled flight of Icarus and serves as a cautionary tale for those who think they know better than their father. It also tells the tale of a foolish king and continuing on in the face of grief and the loss of a loved one.
Today our vase tells the tale of an exceptional deity among the pantheons of ancient gods. Amaterasu is one of the few female solar gods. Her full name means ‘Great Divinity Illuminating Heaven’ and she is one of the principal gods in the Shinto religion.
Summer photos of raku pottery ‘in situ’ around the stufio and the garden!
I may have already mentioned that the raku firing process can be quite volatile and that not ever vase survives.
Today I have decided to share with you, one of my beautiful accidents.
In honour of the return of ‘Game of Thrones’ this vase is named ‘Mother of Dragons’ after Daenrys Targaryen. Motherhood is always challenging, but imagine trying to raise three willful dragons. The daycare costs alone must cost a fortune and imagine trying to hire a nanny, though Arya may be a suitable candidate, and possible future sister-in-law.
‘Name that Vase – Reader’s Choice Edition’ is a friendly writing competition where we ask any of you talented writers, poets or dreamers out there who may be interested to …
Want to know what the most important component of pottery is? The ability to wait. You are always waiting in pottery. Waiting for …
I have been exploring some new raku pottery glazing techniques lately. Or at least new to me. This particular piece has a very ‘Easter’ feel to it. I like how the blues and pinks have blended and all of the different textures on the piece, but this is not the end of my experimentation.