Monday, April 29, 2013


Al-Kimia Alchemist Burning Bowl

Sold. Thank you Gloria!

A few months ago, I created a Burning bowl for one of my customers. I chose not to name the Goddess bowl because this customer in particular, Arlene Bailey, who is a Shamanic Priestess, is a powerful woman and I somehow knew she’d come up with just the right name. Here is the e-mail I received from Arlene a few days ago. The address for her website, where she has herbal and other classes listed is,


“She is Al-Kimia from the Arabic for Alchemy, meaning the Art of Transformation... Alchemy is a word/concept that has been up for me for quite some time and fire, to me, is the ultimate alchemical transformation. Other names presented themselves, but each time I knew that she was Al-Kimia, the Alchemist.”

View of Back with Textured Cloak

I've used the name alchemist for various pieces I’ve created over the years and most recently one of my necklaces. After reading what Arlene said, I decided it was time to name one of my Burning Bowls Al-Kimia-The Alchemist. It certainly fits the one I have chosen.

The story of the burning bowl:

Unity Church has a special ceremony each New Year’s Eve. A large bowl is placed at the altar and each member of the church is asked to write down problems or vices they wish to annihilate from their lives.. It could be a wish to quit smoking or drinking. It might be a desire to loose weight or to quit any of a number of addictions. Each person places their list into the bowl and at midnight, the bowl is lit. Everyone watches as the fire burns away all the troubles. I decided years ago that it would be a good idea to create personal burning bowls and they have been very popular.

Al-Kimia is 10” h x 6” w x 6”deep and priced at $68.00 When you are not using her for ceremony, you can place incense or candle in the stained glass basin.

I just posted her on Etsy where you can also view and purchase or e-mail me directly.

Thanks so much.

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  1. Great name. I always found that naming my art dolls, or any of my art, was the hard part.
    She is beautiful!

  2. I do love the wonderful names and stories that go with your pieces Cheryl. Another stunning lady.

  3. wonderful name for another wonderful piece of art, x

  4. She is fabulous!
    You have gone & done it again!

  5. I love this name and she is beautiful. I also love what the burning bowl is used for. Excellent. Thank you.

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  13. Your welcome Cheryl. I love her so much already. I am very happy with her and I thank you very much.


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