Hollow forms in pmc - be it an amphora, lentil, rectangle, cube, cylinder - enscribed with symbols or text or glyphs. Ahhhh, but within the form lies the magic. Written with graphite on onionskin paper ... a prayer, a name, a hope, a dream or an intention is rolled up and inserted in a cavity in the cork clay core. The cork clay core is fully enclosed, sealing the prayer, the intention, the hopes and dreams. When fired, the cores burn up, embedding the essence of the well intended fragment within the metal clay.
The idea for my reliquaries came from one of my favorite programs of all time - the National Geographic special, the Living Treasures of Japan. One of the Living Treasures is a maker of enormous and exquisite bronze temple bells. Surrounding the enormous cauldron, parishioners, priests and patrons drop prayers written on copper foil and thin pieces of paper into the molten bronze, forever a part of the finished work.
I've got four prototypes that I'm listing on Etsy ...
The Forgiveness Reliquary, has OM on one side and the Adinkra symbol for "by God's Grace' on the reverse.
The message that went inside, "I forgive myself and am released from all regrets."
This amphora, representing the body and life force, is a Reliquary of Hope - a stamp representing the spine and chakras on one side, the spiral of life on the reverse.
The message inside, "That which you are seeking is within you."
... and this one is another Reliquary of Intention for Transformation. Three words are stamped into the sides, "Portal, Gate, Transformation". See and acknowledge the Portal, walk through the Gate, experience the Transformation. The message inside, "Leap and the net will appear."
And the last of the prototypes is another Reliquary of Intention - the spiral of life on one side, OM on the reverse. The message inside, "honor your vision, follow your bliss."
When I nail down the shapes I want to use, I'll be doing custom made Reliquaries. The most important aspect will be the personalized messages and intentions. I'm still mulling over the logistics for this part ... the easiest approach would be to email me the message and I write it on the paper. A slower version would be the client writes their intention on lightweight xerox paper and mails it to me. An even slower version would be I mail onionskin and then it gets inscribed and mailed back.
I like the aesthetics of the graphite on onionskin paper, but am wondering if clients may want to have their messages be private and known only to them. Any opinions or feedback are welcome.
Well, it's getting too late for me to be on the computer and expect to fall asleep any time soon. So I bid you goodnight and sweet dreams.
celestial blessings - kvk