355 – Luminaria Mandala

Illuminara by Terry Inokuma
“Sunflower” Luminaria by Terry Inokuma
19″h – 100% clay

Corvallis ceramic artist, Terry Inokuma handcrafts these powerfully beautiful 100% clay luminarias. The way she designed this particular one, the center of the sunflower feels more like a mandala portal. It would be an enchanting piece for meditation.

And when it’s lit up (25w bulb) in the dark, you can see more clearly her delicate attention to detail with regards to the spiral of seeds in the center.

Sunflower Luminaria lit up
Sunflower Luminaria lit up

About her art she states:

My cultural heritage has provided a foundation of aesthetic appreciation associated with nature’s artistic canvas and its curious consistency showing beauty derived from imperfection. I have developed an innate desire to share this appreciation by attempting to bridge the river between “abstract art” and “craft” combining the familiar, (fire created by wood) and the abstract, (intrinsic form). My hope is that my contemporary utilitarian forms will make the viewer curious enough to desire establishing an intimate aesthetic relationship with handmade pottery.

If you happen to be in the Corvallis area between now and December 28, you can see/buy their beautiful ceramic pots and luminarias in person at the annual Teal Co-op Gallery.

Terry’s beautiful luminarias inspires us to find and connect with our own Inner Light…to then let it radiate outward in all its glory.


Answer this 1-question pole about how best to present the Mandala of the Day for 2016. Thanks in advance for your help.

Happy Coloring!

If you would want your mandala or your idea for a mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read about how on the Participate page. It’s easy! Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.


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