Why the Runes Were Some of the First Terra Cotta Pendant Designs


The Runes were the first eight Terra Cotta Pendant designs. Here is the story.

It was a spring day in 2003. I sat at the table exploring the possibility of making Terra Cotta Pendants for diffusing essential oils. We had the concept figured out but I hadn’t a clue as to what to do for designs. I told myself that today was the day to come up with something amazing or we would have to abandon the project. At the time, Auguste, finishing up another project, hadn’t yet joined us in the Pendant Project which Alex and Natasha and I were still researching. In time Auguste would be the main artist of the designs.

I breathed a prayer for help and then I had the thought to call my friend so I did. As we spoke she asked, “Have you thought of using the runes?” I knew next to nothing about runes but the more I looked into them, the happier I felt. They were rich in symbolism; they were perfect!

There are many different runes but these were the eight we selected for the first Terra Cotta Pendant wearable diffusers — and why:

The ALGIZ Rune Terra Cotta Pendant design.

The ALGIZ Rune, a symbol of protection, sanctuary, assistance, defence, mentor, support, spirit guides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The BERKANA Rune: growth, fertility, health, conception, plenty, new beginnings

The BERKANA Rune, a symbol of growth, fertility, health, conception, plenty, new beginnings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The GEBO Rune, a symbol of gift relationship, love, marriage, generosity, unexpected good fortune

The GEBO Rune, a symbol of gift relationship, love, marriage, generosity, unexpected good fortune

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The KENAZ Rune, a symbol of Torch, wisdom, insight, enlightenment, creativity, inspiration

The KENAZ Rune, a symbol of Torch, wisdom, insight, enlightenment, creativity, inspiration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The RAIDO Rune, a symbol of Journey, pilgrimage, change, destiny, quest, progress, life lessons

The RAIDO Rune, a symbol of Journey, pilgrimage, change, destiny, quest, progress, life lessons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SOWULO Rune, a symbol of sun, success, increase, positive energy, health, completion, wholeness, path to awareness

The SOWULO Rune, a symbol of sun, success, increase, positive energy, health, completion, wholeness, path to awareness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The TIEWAZ Rune, a symbol of Tyr, Sky God strength, duty, discipline, responsibility, the warrior path

The TIEWAZ Rune, a symbol of Tyr, Sky God strength, duty, discipline, responsibility, the warrior path

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The WUNJO Rune, a symbol of glory, bliss, peace, pleasure, success, reward, joy, achievement of goals, contentment

The WUNJO Rune, a symbol of glory, bliss, peace, pleasure, success, reward, joy, achievement of goals, contentment