Yesterday was the Winter Solstice, the point in time and space during which the days begin lengthening in the Northern Hemisphere and shortening in the Southern. Much symbolism centres around solstices and with the Winter Solstice, in particular. For me, in North America, it is all about light…the increase of light in our world. Different cultures have celebrations honoring this date. For instance, in Canada, there are many lantern festivals. Wikipedia has an excellent A-Z listing of cultural celebrations held throughout the world; click here to see it. I thought it would be neat to investigate the solstice and pottery, especially kiln firings on Winter Solstice. To me it seems to be an act packed with meaning…. What follows is a list of articles and pottery sites that centre on December’s solstice.
Raku Pottery Firing, At the Glen Innes Winter Solstice
Winter Solstice In The Studio, by Little Pig Pottery
WINTER/SUMMER SOLSTICE, by Clementina Ceramics
Winter Solstice firing, by Muddy Fish Studio Ceramics
The Solstice wood fired kiln, by Carl Gray Ceramics
Chairs & Pottery – Winter Solstice, 2006, artwork by Catherine White
The Ceramic Mural Project “Winter Solstice Sunset,” by Mollie Favour