In between getting my head down and concentrating on a lacework shawl and trying very hard not to drop any stitches because they are a right pain to try and pick up again in lacework, I have been playing with goddesses.
The Boss and I go to a pottery group every Wednesday and deciding that we now had enough platters and bowls I started to play around with sculptures. We then had plenty of animals and vases. So after our trip to Malta this summer where we saw some of the most amazing early goddess statues I decided to have a go at making my own.
The one at the top is based on an actual sculpture in Malta and was my first attempt. When I was making the hips and feet a fellow potter looked over my shoulder and asked if I was making an armadillo! I would have preferred to have given her bigger hips but it didn’t work out right. Better luck next time maybe. However, she is a nice size that fits comfortably in my hand and often travels around with me.
Next up was more of a wall hanging goddess.
She is about 10″ tall and I am very fond of her.
I love walking the labyrinth and am still working on the Boss as I want to create one in the meadow. Meanwhile I thought I would have a go at making a finger labyrinth for my table. I love the goddess but am no so keen on the glaze.
Finally I made a meditation yoni. I have a friend who makes the most beautiful yonis out of parian porcelain. She made one for me which I carved and glazed. I decided to have a go at making my own. I am very pleased with this one, it’s the perfect size to fit in my hands as a meditation tool.
Whilst the clays were going in and out of the kiln I thought I would have a go at goddess interpretation with textiles. I loved the colours in this one, my sea goddess.
This lady is still a work in progress, dark evenings are perfect for playing with embellishments in front of the fire!
Now I think I need to get on with that lacework!
Love Gillie x