This listing is for a set of four Celtic Vine Teabowls. Each teabowl has one of the Celtic names for the seasons & the pagan holiday that occurs in the middle of that season inscribed onto it. *(much more about that below)*
These teabowls are a perfect size for your alter or afternoon tea. Each holds 6 to 8 ounces of the hot or cold beverage of your choice.
I make these teabowls at my studio in Orrtanna, PA. These pots are made by & for pagans. I put my good intentions & blessings into everything i make, but the Seasons line of pottery gets extra care. It is very important to me to be able to make and use objects that are created with intention, kindness & goodwill. I intend that these blessings become integral to the pots, that they flow from the pots into the user & help to bring peace & beauty back into the world.
You can shop confidently from Dancing Pig, knowing that everything we sell is made by us, for folks like us. Great pots made by and for great folks is as close to a mission statement as we get around here. OK, "Buy pots" is another, but that's not as crunchy granola good as the first, is it?!
This teabowl set is perfect for a solitary practitioner or a small coven. I also make, and have listed here, Seasons Goblets & larger bowls for larger groups. Poke around my shop, i'm sure you'll find some other great stuff you didn't know you needed but now can't possibly live without!
This listing is for a set of four teabowls, with the names of the Lunar or Fire Festivals on them. I occasionally also make 2nd set of four teabowls with the Solar (solstices & equinoxes) holidays, to match and make a complete set of eight. Please contact me before you buy if you are interested in that 2nd set, as the best match is easiest to obtain if the two sets are made and fired together.
PLEASE NOTE: Dancing Pig Pottery is a full time production studio.
Thus, unless otherwise noted, you are buying a pot very similar to, but not exactly like the one in the photo(s). Our pots are like siblings, not identical twins. You can tell they came from the same source, but each is unique.
All of our pots are individually made, decorated & fired, so variations in size, shape & colour are unavoidable & in our opinion, actually desirable. These variations are proof that our pots are made by people & not machines. If nuances are important to you, or you are a control freak (like me!) then please contact us BEFORE you buy- i can send you pictures of the exact pot we have in stock or a selection of pots for you to choose from.
All of our glazes are lead free & food safe.
Our pots are safe for the dishwasher & microwave, but they'll live a happier, longer life if they are hand washed and not nuked too often.
SHIPPING INFO: Unless other arrangements are made ahead of time, we ship our wares via the US Post Office's Priority Mail service. Our pots are carefully packed and double boxed. In the unlikely event your purchase arrives broken or damaged, please let us know as soon as possible- we'll refund your purchase price + shipping costs quickly and cheerfully (i've been shipping pottery for 10+ years and have only had 3 pots break in transit, so we're cautiously optimistic in making this promise).
Our wares are made and packed in a smoke free environment, but we've got lots of dogs & cats about, so you are practically guaranteed dog hair in every box.
SATISFACTION PROMISE: If you are dissatisfied with your purchase in any way, please let me know as soon as possible. I'll work with you to make it right. We want you to be happy with your pots, so you'll recommend us to lots of other folks, and of course, so you'll Buy More Pots!
Our pots are not complete until YOU use them.
They are intended to become a part of your everyday life.
Please use & enjoy them.
*And now, a bit about the Celtic Holidays:
(a variation of the text below is on a card that we included with every Seasons pot we sell)
The Celtic Wheel of the year is a series of 8 holidays based on the pre-Christian agricultural calendar & festivals.
The ancient Celts began their day at sundown, and their calendar began at Samhain, in the fall of the year.
Some Samhain traditions live on in our modern Halloween festivities. Samhain occurs on the new moon at the end of October. It is the time of year when the veil between the world of the living and the dead is thinnest, when the dead can come back to visit the living. This is why we still disguise ourselves today, to protect ourselves from vengeful ghosts. Samhain is also a harvest festival, a time of celebration but also of preparation for the long winter ahead. In the ancient Celtic world, Samhain was a festival of blood and death, when all the surplus cattle was killed. Thus, there was both death & blood, but also lots of food & abundance.
The next holiday is a solar one, the Winter Solstice, or Yule.
Next around the wheel comes Imbolc. Imbolc means "in the belly" and it happens in the belly of winter. Imbolc is now observed by most folks on February 2nd or the waxing quarter moon closest to that day. Imbolc is also known as the milk festival, because it was when the pregnant cattle began to give milk, the first sign that spring was coming. In many traditions, Imbolc is sacred to the Goddess Bridget, who protects poets, blacksmiths & women in childbirth- all of these seemingly disparate occupations involve transformation by fire, and Bridget is the Goddess of the hearth as well. Imbolc is a time to celebrate creativity, to sit by the fire & tell each other stories, dream our dreams & plant the seeds in the belly of winter that will burst forth into springs new growth.
The next holiday in the Celtic/pagan/Wiccan calendar is another solar one, Spring Equinox or Ostara.
The Earth turns and we come next to Beltain, the great spring fire festival. Beltain is celebrated on May 1st or the full moon closest to that date. In the ancient Celtic world, the cattle on their way to summer grazing where driven between two purifying fires. The fires of Beltain were sacred to Bel, the God of fire, fertility & light. Folks often leap over the Beltain fire, to purify themselves and to celebrate & create fertility. Often the restrictions of society were set aside for the festival of Beltain, and it was said that any child concieved by the Beltain fire was sacred to the gods. Dancing round the Maypole and 'bringing in the May' are all vestiges of the great Beltain festival of old.
The next holiday is another solar one, that of Summer Solstice or Litha.
In the middle of August, or the wanning quarter moon closest to that date, we celebrate Lughnasa. Lughnasa was often the gathering of the clans, when tribes gathered for faires, festivals, law courts, weddings & horse & cattle faires. It's the first harvest festival and sacred to the sun god, Lugh. Thus the 'fire' celebrated at this fire festival is that of the sun itself, strongest at this time of year. (at least in the northern hemisphere).
Next up is our final solar holiday- Fall Equinox or Mabon.
And the Earth keeps spinning and we find ourselves back again at the beginning and the end, at the Celtic New Year, the festival of Samhain.
It is my sincere wish that these pots bring you great joy and bright blessing through many turnings of the wheel of the year.