A long, long time ago ~ so long ago that nobody can remember exactly when it was ~ all living beings were formed from the dust of stars. If you look deep inside this stardust, you’ll find an illuminated book continually being written ~ by two beings in ceaseless union, their serpent tails spiralling around each other. They are the primordial sacred couple but, being composed of the same matter, are also sister and brother to one another.
A long, long time ago ~ so long ago that nobody can remember exactly when it was ~ there lived a brother and a sister...
So begins the story of Fu Hsi and Nu Gua, the original ancestors of the ancient book of wisdom known as the Zhouyi, or I Ching. This sacred work has informed both my life and art for a few decades now, and a couple of years ago I felt called to honour its deep roots in cast glass.
First I modelled Fu Hsi and Nu Gua in clay, using an ancient carving as reference:
Then I poured plaster over the cosmic couple, picked out the clay and ~ after leaving enough time for the plaster to become bone dry ~ filled it with glass.
Here's what it looked like when I opened the kiln:
The plaster had cracked open during the firing process, leaving a long, undulating, polished ridge running all the way down Nu Gua's body, which I used to illustrate Leonard Cohen's quote:
Most of the small tales I'll share here will be of artworks that are available...but this one found a home ~ with Kenneth in the North of Scotland, looking out at the Culbin forest:
May they long continue to bless the space there!