Name That Wrap!

Posted: October 21, 2008 in going coastal

Hi all! The craft show is creeping up on me and I’m getting all of my ducks in a row… but I need your help! I have been making lovely green aventurine wraps that are a beautiful celadon green, and they need a name. First let me give you a little history on the name celadon.

One theory is that the name first appeared in France in the 17th century and is named after the shepherd Celadon in Honoré d’Urfé’s French pastoral romance, L’Astrée (1627), who wore pale green ribbons. (D’Urfe, in turn, borrowed his character from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Another is that the term is a corruption of the name of Saladin (Salah ad-Din), the Ayyubid Sultan, who in 1171 sent forty pieces of the ceramic to the Sultan of Syria. Yet another is the word derives from the Sanskrit ‘sila’ and ‘dhara’, which means “stone” and “green” respectively.

Celadon production also had a long history at Longquan China and related sites, but it was not until the Five Dynasties (五代 907-960) and Northern Song (北宋 960-1127) period that production of scale truly began. Five Dynasty wares displayed a variety of shapes and carved finishes with the characteristic “Yuezhou” (岳州) glaze.

So here are the names I’ve come up with:

Celadon Dynasty Wrap

Celadon Antiquity Wrap

Celadon Treasure Wrap

Celadon Muse Wrap

Celadon Metamorphoses Wrap

Pick one, or think of something better. You have about a month, and since no one reads this blog yet, you should subscribe… as I will probably be writing on myspace less. (To subscribe click the link at the bottom of the right column)



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