Light yet serene sounding Vegvisir pottery chime created from rich red Terra Cotta clay.
This hand-rolled 4-1/2'' x 6'' disc (11x 15cm) was carved with the sacred Icelandic Runic symbol, the Vegvisir compass and stamped with Thor's hammers, fired, then glazed on one side and fired once again. I then painted genuine gold glaze onto the clay and fired it for a third and final time in the kiln to bond the gold to the glaze.
Seven glass strands of gold amber and dark translucent amethyst are decorated with Amethyst crystal chips, howlite stone beads, glass crystal beads, and one central Czech glass bead. The chime terminates in a turquoise terra cotta pendant with the Futhark bind rune for Viking warrior carved into it.
Total length from top of hook to bottom is 18-1/2" long (47 cm). The hook is made of chainmail rings and steel.
*Each creation I make is unique and one of a kind, the photo above is what you will receive. The intensity of colour may differ from a pc monitor to a smartphone.*
It is a Norse protection symbol, which has a deep meaning. The Icelandic word literally means ‘guidepost’ or ‘direction sign’. In modern popular culture, the Vegvísir is often called Runic Compass or See the Way. It is often associated with the Viking Age, which is not correct: this symbol is from the 17th-century Icelandic grimoire called Galdrabók (‘magic book’). The origin of this type of witchcraft is difficult to ascertain: to some extent, it derives from medieval mysticism and renaissance occultism, but also has a few connections with the ancient Germanic runic tradition. Vegvísir was drawn on one’s forehead with blood to prevent a person from getting lost.