|Khnum - god of rebirth, creation and the evening sun|
Historically, kiln gods can be found in the traditions of many ancient cultures including the Chinese (Zhu Rong- the god of fire) and the Egyptian (Khnum- protector of all things made on the wheel). **Stay tuned and look for more posts about the various ancient deities**
They could also be found in Ancient Roman/Greek ceramics communities. I remember reading an article about it...but for the life of me cannot remember which publication it was from...
"Western kiln gods are most often displayed on the roof of a kiln just over the kiln door where they can “watch” over the firing, while the kiln gods of China are generally positioned in their own permanent Taoist or “folk religion” temple or shrine, that is always located near the kiln. Furthermore, in Chinese cities such as Jingdezhen and Hong Kong, kiln gods are worshiped and honored as important deities that help to protect the welfare of the entire ceramic community." - Martie Geiger-Ho
I keep meaning to make a kiln goddess to place a top my kiln. But in the last 1.5 years I have been firing bisque/glaze kilns in my home studio..I have yet to have a mishap... *knock on wood*. I like the history and tradition behind it...so I do believe I'm going to be making one sooner rather than later. :)
Do YOU have a kiln god/goddess? Or what about a general good luck talisman for your arts/crafts? Please share below!