Perchta Vase
Perchta Vase
Perchta Vase
Perchta Vase
Perchta Vase
Handsel Mondays

Perchta Vase

Regular price $150.00 $0.00 Unit price per

Hand built with a white stoneware clay, under glazed with light blue, and carved imagery of Perchta holding a baby and walking with a kiddo in hand and a goose flying behind her. 9 inches tall x 7 inches wide. 

An alpine pagan german goddess of child loss and winter. According to old folklore, pregnancy loss, loss in childbirth, and children lost were all collected and cared for by Perchta. She famously wore a goose feather cape where she huddled all of her children for warmth. When the seasons changed and the weather cooled, she'd shake it out resulting in the first snowfall. She is the OG mother goose from which, the entire children's fairytale character was born.

When missionaries arrived and saw pagan gods and goddesses in competition with their narrative, they rewrote her personality from that of a caring and comforting second mother to a baby snatcher. But for centuries she was a source of comfort for grieving parents and a source of protection and care for lost little ones. 

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 Perchta will go to Center For Loss to honor the comfort and care that Perchta brought in the midst of grief. 

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!


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