Hand built with a white stoneware clay, under glazed with orangey red, and carved imagery of Pele, plants, and a volcano. 11 inches tall x 10 inches wide.
According to Hawaiian mythology, she is the goddess of fire. To this day, she can regularly be seen in lava flow. She represents a sort of untamed ferocity that demands respect. Because of a fight with her sister, goddess of the ocean, Pele had to flee to make a new home for herself. She dug out craters and tried out a few mountain homes on various Hawaiian islands before settling on the Big Island. She can be jealous, but she is a fierce protector of those she loves and the land she built with her lava flows.
These vases were all a huge experiment and foray into a new type of pottery. They’re all a little imperfect (cosmetic cracks). But given their symbolism and the time that went into them, I’m going to sell them for $150 for each large sized vase and donate all $150 to charities that embody their figure’s characteristics. The sales for Pele will go to Hawai'i Land Trust for the preservation of her land and her people.
Each item is microwave, dishwasher, and of course food safe! I do my best to use recycled materials in shipping to cut down on waste for the benefit of the planet!