Polyclay tripod

More fun with polyclay! First, a very crude first attempt at a bronze tripod. With offering bowl. With stone slab for the Pythia to sit on. I wonder, since the tripod was made to hold offerings, was the Oracle the offerer, or the offering? Might have to make a Pythia doll for it. The bowl has a bulge in the center because they actually did! It was space for a thumb to brace to make it easier to hold one-handed, and about the same size and shape as the punt in the bottom of a wine bottle. It is, as I said, a crude first attempt. But that's ok, that's what first attempts are for. I used copper wire to give it the basic shape, and had trouble keeping that consistent. I think for the next try I may need bits of dowel or matchsticks or something, and wooden or metal rings for the top and handles. I mixed Super Bronze luster dust in with the glaze to get the copper effect. And a new phallos, with considerably more detail than previous. It's a nice dark espresso brown -- I actually thought it was true black until I started working it -- with a bronze shimmer over the top. Sorry that second one's a bit crap, but you can sort of see the details of the wing feathers and pubic hair. First time I've been so thorough with either....

Agathosdaimon and more polyclay

I've been starting to get back to polyclay, although not yet to phalloi. These first two are a couple of weeks old, and I just never got them photographed. The first is the prototype of what I'm calling a Baubo amulet, a yonic complement to the phalloi. Baubo means "belly", and was a euphemism for cunt. It's also the name of a figure out of the Eleusis myth of Demeter. While Black Demeter wandered the earth in her grief, she took up a position as nursemaid to the King and Queen of Eleusis' infant son, Demopho├Ân, under the name Doso. Baubo was a servant in the same house, and set out to make the grieving woman laugh. When respectable jokes failed, she started telling dirtier and dirtier jokes, and doing lascivious dances. Finally, showing her "belly" actually got the goddess to laugh. This is the origin of the Attic festival of Thesmophoria, a women's festival of dirty jokes. There is some suggestion that Baubo was a pre-Hellenic fertility goddess in her own right, eventually co-opted into this story. So, this amulet honors her, and attempts to bring sexuality, humor and fertility, and to banish sadness. Belly on one side... ...vulva on the other! If I keep doing these, I'll try to get a variety of body and vulva shapes into them. This one is a rough first draft of an Ariadne medallion. I hope to eventually be able to cast medallions for different gods in various materials, starting with simple resin, because it's cheap. I'd like, at some point, to learn to work in things like pewter and aluminum, but that's out of my price range for now. I associate moths very strongly with Ariadne. This one combines a luna moth's wings with the death's-head moth's distinctive mark. It's much to rough to actually cast from, but I like the basic concept. And here's the one I actually did this week, a representation of Agathosdaimon, to grace the shrine to him I'm finally goig to put together. The colors are inspired by my beloved ball pythons, bronze and black with a white belly. Sadly, I barely approximated the actual markings, and the distinctive python shape was unmanageable as well. I like it anyway, all coiled up like that. I'm still contemplating opening an online shop with amulets and votive figures and such. It's a ways off anyway. Tomorrow, the virtual ritual companion to the Litany is going live. I meant to have sound and images to go with it, but have fallen down utterly on actually making that happen, so it's going up plain. Still, it will be there....