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Clay Angels – They are fired!

Clay Angels – They are fired!

I love angels!   So I decided to make some clay angels!

And here are the finished products!

Clay Angel-Cone 10 Reduction-White Glaze With Other Layered Glazes and Iron.

Clay Angel-Cone 10 Reduction-White Glaze With Other Layered Glazes and Iron.

Clay Angel-Cone 10 Reduction-White Glaze With Other Layered Glazes and Iron.

Clay Angel-Cone 10 Reduction-White Glaze With Other Layered Glazes and Iron.

Clay Angel-Cone 10 Reduction-White Glaze With Other Layered Glazes and Iron.

Clay Angel-Cone 10 Reduction-White Glaze With Other Layered Glazes and Iron.

Clay Angel by Marian Williams

Clay Angel by Marian Williams

My mom used to teach a Bible study class and she was an amazing Christian.  She taught one session on angels and I’ve always wished that I could have been in that class and could remember what she told me about angels.

Basically, I don’t know what I actually believe about angels…(you can read lots of stuff, but it is highly conjectuaral!).   Here is one description of angels (sounds like the description of a UFO to me!!!):

Ezekiel 1:1-28

New International Version (NIV)

Ezekiel’s Inaugural Vision

1 In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were openedand I saw visions of God.

On the fifth of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin— the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians.[a]There the hand of the Lord was on him.

I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was human, but each of them had four faces and four wings.Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. All four of them had faces and wings,and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.

10 Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle.11 Such were their faces. They each had two wings spreading out upward, each wing touching that of the creature on either side; and each had two other wings covering its body. 12 Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went. 13 The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it.14 The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.

15 As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces. 16 This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 17 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went. 18 Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around. This part sounds very UFO-y!!!

19 When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. 20 Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 21 When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

22 Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked something like a vault, sparkling like crystal, and awesome.23 Under the vault their wings were stretched out one toward the other, and each had two wings covering its body. 24 When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of the Almighty,[b] like the tumult of an army. When they stood still, they lowered their wings.

25 Then there came a voice from above the vault over their heads as they stood with lowered wings. 26 Above the vault over their heads was what looked like a throne of lapis lazuli, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. 27 I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. 28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.

This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

Footnotes:

  1. Ezekiel 1:3 Or Chaldeans
  2. Ezekiel 1:24 Hebrew Shaddai
New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
All that said, I do believe that there are spiritual forces out there that take care of us and give us intuitive messages – be it angels or God or whatever.

I like the idea that someone is out there watching out for me!

The reading above described angels as light sources.  So! my angels will be light sources in that a candle can be placed beneath them and there are holes in the base that will allow the angel to be a luminary.

Perhaps what is putting me in the mood to think about Angels is that in Australia, Christmas is often celebrated in July as the weather is more conducive to the traditional “Christmas” food and decorations.  In Australia, our summer is Christmas, so a hot meal of turkey and dressing, doesn’t even sound good!  But in the winter (JULY!!) it sounds grand!

Links about Christmas in July:

I used to make oil lamp angels in my former “pottery” life, about 10 years ago.  They were cute (sort of???), useful and about 6-8 inches in height.

Oil Lamp Angel Made by Marian Williams, 2000

Oil Lamp Angel Made by Marian Williams, 2000

Really dark clay!!! and that face is pretty awful!

So in keeping with my promise to myself, I’m going to be making BIGGER! AND HOPEFULLY, BETTER!

Clay Angel by Marian Williams

Clay Angel by Marian Williams

Clay Angel by Marian Williams

Clay Angel by Marian Williams

These angels are about 15 inches high and 9 inches across – a nice size.

Let’s see…how shall I glaze them?  Hmmm….always the dilemma!

Guess I’ll check Mud Colony to see what those potters say!  It’s a great resource for all potters!

 

 

 

Written by Marian Williams

5 Comments

  1. Caroline · July 4, 2013

    I think they look fantastic as they are, without glaze. You have really brought them to life.

  2. Anna · July 6, 2013

    love these angels Marian and yes, that description reminds me of Dr Who and the Darleks.. or Egyptian gods? with out the wheels?
    I like the natural clay colour or perhaps some terrasig and shine them up?

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  4. Bead Charmer Girl · February 8, 2014

    I love them too! I am looking forward to making one for my daughter. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Be a Blessing,
    Nancy ~ Bead Charmer Girl

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