Artwork: Suzie Killick
The meaning of mandala comes from Sanskrit meaning "circle." Even though it may be dominated by squares or triangles, a mandala has a concentric structure. Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolising unity and harmony. The meanings of individual mandalas is usually different and unique to each mandala. The goal of the mandala is to serve as a tool on our spiritual journey as it symbolises cosmic and psychic order.
Artwork: Ana Bozic
Photographer; Samjhana Moon
Beautiful and colourful, Mandalas uniquely embellish each of The Clay Cure’s product lines. They are certainly a creative, novel, and perhaps powerful means, by which Ana and Zeljko’s handcrafted lines bring forth the greatness of their clay’s health-giving properties. A Mandala is created each time a new clay-based blend is born, and the mesmerising and mystical display of their Mandalas, most definitely makes their creations stand out from the growing numbers of natural personal care products.
The exquisite magic and beauty of the Mandala is found everywhere in the natural world; in flowers, fruits, the rings of a tree trunk or even when one throws a pebble into still water. Therefore, it is fitting and even beneficial that the Clay Cure’s naturally sourced products should have the essence of mother nature herself incorporated into their creation.
Designed, divined and hand-drawn by Ana, these Mandalas may, on the surface, appear simply as ornately sacred and entrancing drawings. However, when we delve a little deeper, we discover that they may add much more to the benefits we garner from these revolutionary products than their pure physical beauty. These spiritual circles help to promote mindfulness, peace and balance in Buddhist teachings, and Ana aspires to infuse their blends with their healing energy.
In Sanskrit, the word Mandala means circle or completion and is used as a symbol for healing and self-reflection. When one creates a Mandala, one opens a window for exploring the inner self. The creation of a Mandala is also a way for us to realise the impermanence of everything in the universe. Days or even weeks are spent creating sand mandalas in temples, when complete, they are simply blown away, purposefully destroyed. While many of us tend to gain our fulfilment from the end results of our work, the process of constructing a Mandala teaches us to be present in the creation, as an end in itself. A valuable skill, applicable to all areas of our lives.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the Mandala is the way that the geometric patterns represent the cosmos metaphysically.
It has been discovered, with the help of a tool called a tone generator, composed of a metal plate and some sand, that by altering frequencies, individual geometric patterns begin to form, and become ever more complex as the tone increases.
In essence, a Mandala is created by Ana from individual vibrations and is product specific. Therefore, Ana’s works of art may provide vibrational and curative properties, lovingly imbued through these sacred forms and their colour. It is more than a self-healing practice for the artist; it is a practice which purportedly helps to heal all those who use the Clay Cure products, according to some of their customer reviews.
By Manuela Murray