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a Lightworks blog

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Stories, both mythical and everyday, form a
pathway leading to the creation of artwork.
Here are some postcards from the journey…

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    holy mountain

    Holy Mountain


    For today's Lightwork, here's a porcelain mountain I made last Summer.

    The name porcelain dates from the 1530s, from Middle French porcelaine ~ which in turn comes from Italian porcellana (13c.): literally cowrie shell.


    The lustre and translucency of porcelain is beautifully shell-like; though I love the lucid translucency of glass, the diffuse, golden glow of illuminated porcelain has a subtler, more earthy grace.



    The raw material is completely opaque when it's being worked with ~ it's only firing that reveals how much light it transmits. When shaping the clay for Holy Mountain, working blind in this way, I reached a point where I thought it was going to have the translucency of a floorboard, gave up and left it overnight.

    When I came back the next morning, a long and lovely crack had appeared along the side...and I got excited again.



    On its side is a Kalachakra seed syllable, embodiment of beneficent energy. It’s also known as the ‘Tenfold Powerful One’, as it contains imagery of sun, moon and flame as well as seven individual syllables. All these elements have many layers of meaning and correspondence but, at its simplest, the auspicious symbol is renowned for dispelling negativity while radiating protection and attracting blessings of health, harmony, joy and abundance.

    The mountain is overlooked by Padmasambhava. Also known as ‘Guru Rinpoche’, this Tantric adept from India played a central rôle in bringing Buddhism to Tibet in the eighth century. His image is a potent symbol of awakened mind.



    Holy Mountain has now been offered up to the waterfall at Rennaldburn :)





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