HandMade Carved Bodhisattva Rustic Eco Peace Tile.
Jizo, the Bodhisattva child-monk, is a much beloved figure in Japan, Korea, and China, and is becoming increasingly well known outside of these Eastern realms and I have wanted to create a pottery piece with his/her image (Jizo can be either) and here it is: Little Jizo enjoying a peaceful walk in the Meditative Garden, a symbol of introspection, serenity and personal witness. A plaque for a quiet place, or perhaps a busy one, to remind oneself to breathe and remember the peace and the positive that resides deep within.
Jizo is a special protector of children, travelers, and women, and is also known to help those who are working with a life problem or physical affliction, but as with all Bodhisattva's, Jizo is the helper of all beings. Jizo's qualities include unflagging optimism, fearlessness, and gentleness.
This beautiful tile wall hanging is made from rolled out stoneware clay and I have carved Jizo's image into the clay and surrounded him/her with a little Garden that was created using Vintage textile blocks from India that are about 100 years old,(and carved out of pear wood!). I also stamped a little Butterfly, to keep him/her company in the Garden.....
I have applied stains to the bisqued clay and then rubbed them off here and there to give the piece a rustic look, then I added a few colored glazes to accentuate Jizo, the Butterfly and the stamped design. It has been fired a second time for durability and strength to create an inspiring piece that can be hung indoors or outside in a protected area. The Vintage Iron "Frame" is from Mexico and it used to hold a Clay Mask. I bought this on one of my first trips South of the Border in 1988, so it's got the beauty and patina of ~25 years on it's metal surface and works Perfectly as a Frame for this Rustic Jizo!! :)
The Framed hanging is 13" long and about 9" wide. The actual Clay Tile that is hanging inside the Iron "Frame" suspended by recycled copper wire is 9" long by 5 3/4" wide and is signed and dated on the back by yours truly.