OnThePathPottery

Ceramic finger labyrinths in ancient and new styles

Fort Collins, Colorado | 68 Sales

OnThePathPottery

Ceramic finger labyrinths in ancient and new styles

Fort Collins, Colorado 68 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars (16)

Announcement   Welcome to the labyrinth shop. You can also see more of my pieces and read more about labyrinths at ceramicfingerlabyrinths.shop

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Last updated on Jan 12, 2019

Welcome to the labyrinth shop. You can also see more of my pieces and read more about labyrinths at ceramicfingerlabyrinths.shop

Stephen Clearheart Johnson

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Being On The Path

I first became interested in labyrinths at a dowsing conference in Vermont in the early 1990`s. Thanks to the wonderful teaching and inspiration of artist Marty Cain, I became trapped upon the path. Now I've had the wonderful pleasures of walking, building and designing labyrinths for quarter of a century.

Since ancient times, labyrinths have been compared to "the path to God." Unlike a maze, we can't make a bad decision or lose our way. All be have to do is keep moving forward until we reach our goal. Along the way, though, it will sometimes seem like we are moving away instead of coming closer.

From ancient times, Greek legend brought us knowledge of the classic labyrinth found on the Mediterranean isle of Crete dating from 1900 BCE. Said to have been overseen by the Goddess Ariadne. These spread around the world. Labyrinths have been found on all the continents and many islands. Native Americans had their own stylized version.The classic, pre-Christian Cretan was designed around a cross shape and consisted of seven circuits made from two intertwined lines.

I believe this design was a gift from the Gods to help us live in a world of seeming polarity: right/wrong, left/right, male/female and so on.

In Medieval times, a renaissance in France around 1240 ACE found the builders of the Chartres Cathedral laying a new labyrinth permanently into the floor This was an revolutionary new design that married the cross with another Christian symbol, the rose. The result was an 11-circuit design with a totally new center and 360 "lunations" around the perimeter to incorporate lunar cycles.

Today many new labyrinths are being designed, including my own Starseed®, which is based on a 6-pointed star at the center and uses three intertwined lines in an 11-circuit design.

Labyrinths are traditionally viewed as a "walking meditation" that easily helps even a novice to relax, de-stress and move their awareness to a higher, smoother realms. They enhance the power of prayer and can also be used for problem solving. I believe that a labyrinth helps synchronize the energies between heaven and earth.

Here at On The Path you will find that none of my labyrinths are perfect. This is how you know they are handmade. No two are exactly alike. Some are thicker or larger than others of the same style. I start by rolling out a slab of clay, then mark my guidelines. Then I roll out small coils and lay them on the guidelines, smoothing them with a wooden tool. I deepen the grooves with a finger and another wooden tool, then finish up with carving as needed to even things out.

Through this process, some labyrinths are larger or smaller than others of their type. Sometimes the paths (or "circuits") are not the same width all around. Some times the glaze may crawl in small spots. Sometimes they are slightly warped from the firing. Glazing problems are common. With these slabs, cracking while drying and warping while firing, combined with glazing failures, lead to a high failure rate.

What I keep my eyes lifted up to is the vision that each labyrinth is made for a specific person and I take great joy in knowing that in some way I have been an instrument in helping each of them to find and walk their path.

Blessings to you,

Stephen Clearheart Johnson

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  • Stephen Clearheart Johnson

    Owner, Designer

    Colorado born and raised, Stephen is a former accountant, tree pruner, journalist,and Vietnam veteran. He creates finger labyrinths, builds outdoor, and temporary indoor or outdoor labyrinths. He is available for workshop or speaking engagements.

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  • Matthew Robinson

    Fort Collins, CO

    Matt is a jeweler by trade and an expert on sacred geometry.

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