· A prescribed or established ceremony, proceeding, or service.
· A system of ceremonies or formalities observed on a particular occasion.
· A hollow utensil, such as a cup, vase, or pitcher, used as a container.
Rituals mark the milestones in life, these jars are intended to celebrate those moments. They are containers to hold blessings, peace offerings, water, smudges, light, fire, ashes or herbal medicines for the body and spirit. Our imagery is inspired by the Wheel of the Year and the changing of the seasons. Each is graced with a hand cut stencil, applied with underglaze on a stoneware ceramic body. We also create customized imagery and vessels to commemorate birth, marriage or graduating to the next level.
Some of these are intended for everyday use, some are to be used ceremonially, in special celebrations marking the seasons of our lives. While they may vary widely in material and design, they are united in intent, which is to transcend the corporeal world and remind us to remember and honor our experience as spiritual beings. To activate these vessels for their particular uses, you will want to take care to cleanse, consecrate and charge the object – in a way that is meaningful to you and your purposes. Below are suggestions for how to do this:
Cleansing: To cleanse an object, you are not cleaning it on a physical level, you are ‘cleansing’ it on an energy level. Cleansing disassociates items with their past frequencies. You want to wipe the vibrational slate clean to attune it with your own energy, or that which is conducive to your objectives.
There are many ways to cleanse an object:
- Burn a cleansing incense like sage, and run the object through the smoke.
- Bury it in the earth for a while, or in a bowl of salt or dirt.
- Soak it in salt water or hold it under running water from a natural source.
- Pass it quickly through a candle flame.
Consecrating: Consecrating an object means to elevate it’s purpose to a spiritual one through some act of blessing. You can consecrate anything—you can consecrate your jewelry, your tools, even the ground under your house, but do remember this: once consecrated, the item is sacred, and should be treated accordingly.
Some ways to consecrate an item include:
- Say a prayer over it, dedicating the use of the object to it’s intended purpose.
- Anoint the object with oils that are also cleansed, charged and consecrated.
- Consecrate it by Air, Earth, Fire and Water in a blessing ritual: run it through incense smoke, sprinkle salt on it, pass it through flame and sprinkle water on it.
- Elevate the intent of the item to do the good work of our abundant universe, that all hands and acts help each other to provide for the needs of the whole.
Charging: Charging something is empowering it with your energy. You might imbue it with positivity, or charge it so its vibration is aligned with a specific intention. Charging requires raising our own energy level and then directing it into the object. The method you choose depends on your preferences as well as the item you are charging.
There are many ways to charge an object:
- Dance, chant or meditate to raise power, then imaginatively pour that energy in to the object through movement, song or focused intent.
- Perform a small ritual to raise energy and intent to invest in the item.
- Perform a visualization, transferring your energy and intent to the talisman, and releasing it to perform its function in the world.
- Create something entirely your own, that accomplishes this aim in the best way for you and your belief system!
Ritual Vessels: top grouping – wedding platter, commemorative birth tumblers & remembrance urn. Bottom grouping – jugs, jars and flasks to hold blessings, peace offerings, water, smudges, light, fire, ashes or herbal medicines for the body and spirit.
Past Vessel Projects
Powderhorn Empty Bowls Bread Oven, 2010.
Remembrance Luminary, inspired by native quartz crystal, 2009.
Meditation Hut for a South Minneapolis punk tea ceremony, 2009.
Blessing Fountain for baptism and purification, 2008.
Water Clock to measure time in arbitrary units, 2008.