Colored Clay Millefiori 11.5" Temple Jar

Original work by Dean McRaine of LightWave studio. From the Firebird series - this is a wheel thrown porcelain Temple Jar, high fired (2300 degrees) using my colored clay millefiori technique. It is glazed with a clear glaze for durability and ease of cleaning (lead-free, non-toxic, food safe). This is a handmade original item and as such, there can be small irregularities.

The pictures are from all sides. The height (11.5") is measured from the base to the top of the lid.

Temple jars are traditionally ornate ceremonial jars for tea or food storage, holding the ashes of loved ones or as centerpieces for altars and other religious uses. The creation of ornate covered vessels for sacred purposes stretches back many thousands of years Their designs are as varied as the cultures and the potters who have made them. My psychedelic style has grown out of my own personal history as a part of the Vietnam era counterculture of the 60's and the 30+ years I have spent making and studying pottery.

This Temple Jar is part of my latest expedition of artistic discovery. I’ve taken classic vessels (teapots, temple jars, etc.) and let the spirit of these forms whisper in one ear while my personal Muse whispers in my other. Each piece is the result of many hours of work and much experimentation with new construction techniques and design ideas.

Dean McRaine