From @wisp.ceramics - Sunday doodles, happy sunny days. ☀️ 🎶 by King Tubby; Bionic Horn Dub . (And if you’re wondering what’s up with that chip on my platter- vanity got the best of me! My phone fell RIGHT ON IT as I started recording! Womp womp! 😂)
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Not me, that’s for sure :( Sorry for the lack of updates guys! I’ve been a liiiiiittle busy as of late so haven’t had much time to post on here. But, here’s a lil dog figure I recently finished - so please enjoy and hopefully I’ll have more things to show y’all soon!
From @christogiles - Slicing a small bowl with a stretched out spring wire attached to a cheese slicer, done while the clay is still soft straight after throwing the bowl.
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Period is named after the ancient city of Uruk, a large
settlement that could sustain a population as high as 40,000-50,000. Where in
the earlier periods the sizes of war-bands were only in the hundreds, they
could now support armies of as much as 5,000 men. Although they were also
supported by about 146 smaller settlements that lay within their domains, these
villages and cities began to decrease as the inhabitants flocked to the larger
capital cities for the safety of their walls and promise of a better life.
manufactured in Uruk can be found throughout Mesopotamia, one of the primary
items found is also believed to be the world‘s first mass produced object, a “bevel
rimmed bowl”. Most believe that these cheaply made ordinary looking bowls
were actually part of the early Sumerian currency system. With the
increase of urbanization less city folk farmed, instead finding work within the
cities where they would be paid in grain. How much grain one had in
a bowl would determine how much one was paid (for you to eat from, save or
revolution had occurred; populations and the focus of agriculture now
shifted over to the more fertile river valleys and irrigation increased
the productivity and amount of crops which led to a population boom.
With more cities lying beside channels and rivers there was an increase in
trade and income as now they could more easily travel and connect with those
along these waters. With the overall increase of food and income also came an
increase in specialist professions; merchants, craftsmen, artisans, warlords,
high priests, nobles and kings.
clay tablet maker and cuneiform scribe recording a cattle sale in a Sumerian
market place about 3000 B.C. by Neville Dear.
were now being built on a larger scale and were more numerous, priestly roles
became more important as well. The en (“priest, lord”)
was the high-priest, a title denoting sovereignty and the power to make things
prosper. The en-priestess (Akkadian ‘entum’, Sumerian ‘Nin’)
would live in a temple complex called a giparu (“storehouse”)
which were in earlier times used as storage areas for the harvest and even
cattle. En-priestesses were buried in a cemetery by the giparu, offerings
were given to deceased priestesses and reverence to them extended to the point
of there being a cult devoted to them. A common custom in Mesopotamia
was to bury the diseased in the floors of the household, the same can be
found in the giparu as the priestesses were also buried here. Sadly the city of
Ur, the giparu and its cemetery were all looted by the Elamites late in
first and most famous of these en-priestesses was the daughter of Sargon the
Great, Enheduanna (“En, ornament [ie. the moon] of
the heavens”), who was the high-priestess of Nanna/Sin (moon god) and was
renowned for being the first author in history, at least 42 hymns are
attributed to her. The en-priestesses were also seen as the wife of their
patron god therefore representing the godly wife; an example being that the
Enheduanna, en-priestess of Ur, represented Ningal (goddess of
reeds) the wife of Nanna/Sin (moon god). During the warring city-states period
that followed, the title en would also grow to into a more militarized and
authoritative position. This priest-king (Ensi, “lord [of
the] plowland”) was seen as an intermediary between the gods and
The lugal (“big
man”) signified the owner of something and inevitably became the term for
kings. The title lugal would not become prominent until c.2700 BCE, the ensi
were more important than them but in time they would become seen as their
subordinates. Unlike the high-priests and high-priestesses, who would be
elected, the lugal’s succession would pass onto their heirs. According to some
the lugals may have initially been elected as ad hoc leaders much
like the consuls of Rome and the judges (shoftim)
of the bible, but generally needed for military purposes.
the classical Greeks, the Sumerians and Akkadians may have believed that
whomever won these wars, the gods favored more so. Countless tablets show both
pictorial representations and written texts which depicted gods warring when it
was known that kings fought these conflicts. An example of this is when Umma
and Lagash were warring the texts say that Ningirsu (patron war god of Lagash)
battled against Umma and “By the command of Enlil, he cast (his) big
battle-net upon it, and its many tumuli (burial mounds) he
laid upon the ground in the plain.”
was even a king of Akkad named Naram-Sin who is depicted in artwork
wearing a horned helmet only worn by the gods and was deified as “the
god of Agade (Akkad)”. Despite the apparent supremacy the ensis
and lugals held, early Mesopotamian history shows that the council (ukkin,
“council, assembly”) still held sway over most important
decisions; one made up of elders (abba urru, “father/elders
of the city”) and one of youths. In the poem “Gilgamesh
and Agga” even Gilgamesh, the great legendary king of Uruk, needed
their permission to go to war against Aga of Kish. The elders disapproved “Let
us submit to the house of Kish, let us not smite it with weapons” but the
people of the city sided with Gilgamesh.
city states arose, like the great cities of Kish and Ur,
which surpassed Uruk in importance. This transition from the Uruk period to the
First Dynasty of Ur is said by some to coincide with a wet and dry period known
as the Piora Oscillation which led to massive flooding
(possibly inspiring the great flood myth) and drought (leading to a scramble
If there are any errors please privately inbox me so I can update it. As always, if you’d like to read or learn about any specific historical subjects just let me know what they are and I will take note of them.
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✨Custom Orders✨ This is a
quick note about custom orders and also any orders with regards to the
upcoming festive season. I have had quite a few enquiries about custom
pieces, which I have been unable to take on due to lack of spare time
recently. I will also be moving house between the end of
September-October this year (the house is currently still being built)
which is rather bad timing for my usual festive ornament making.
have decided to arrange a waiting list starting now, and continuing over
the next few months. If you are interested in a custom order from me
this year, please email me and I will
give you details of timescales dependant on your requirements.
you have emailed me recently about a custom order, there is no need to
send me another message as I should have your details and I will be
emailing you at some point today. If however you do not hear from me,
please drop me another message as it is possible your email got lost
I love making custom pet ornaments, mainly for the stories behind them. This pretty boy is Mister Tweets, who is sadly no longer with us.
He was so loved and is greatly missed by his family, so his owner had me make two ornaments in loving memory of him, one for her and one for her daughter. I’m glad to know they can continue to admire his pretty self each day
The creation and destruction of things with the one things we humans have that they, those beings in the otherness don’t have. Hands.
Liminality is the very nature of the witch, and it is in this fact that we walk the border between physical and spirit, able to use our hands in thanks in a way that no spirit could do so so. We could create a life, take a life. We can weave the components of nature into a basket, take it’s hues and paint for them. We can take the grapes and the yeast and create wine. We can return the animal to the otherworld, and take it’s physical form, raw, and transform it into cooked meat.
This is why spirits crave things from us, because they desire being given things that only man can create and consciously give with a willing heart. They feed not only one the essence of the actual blood, the displaced dirt of the vessel, the academical ale, but the very energy of our mortal art.
The very act of art, whether by the hunt, by the paintbrush, the clay, the maker of drinks, the blacksmith, is divine, and when we give it, as sacrifice, we feed them and they remember that fondly. Remember to give. This not only applies to the spirits, but to mankind as well.