Sunday, May 18, 2014

Cherokee Rose in a Wall Pocket

This past week a white flowering vine has been gracing the entrance to our driveway. I learned today the flower is a Cherokee Rose. While I've been driving around the countryside here in Georgia the Cherokee rose is now filling many a field and ditch with it's blossoms. I used an oblong headed nail to hang the wall pocket on a post on our front covered deck. I left the exterior of the wall pocket unglazed glazing only the interior with a medium dark green glaze. I suppose I could have rubbed red iron oxide on the exterior, maybe next time. It's really fairly messy to use, often staining more than I intend.

Cherokee Rose flowers are diminutive, scarcely 3/4 of an inch in diameter, a single one would barely be noticeable from a distance but grouped together they're quite a sight. Upon approach one is immediately struck by the lemony citrus fragrance wafting from many sprays of tiny white flowers covering the vine. In winter the vine is covered with bright red rose hips probably a delight to birds and other critters. Perhaps I'll make some rose hip jelly or rose hip soup some day. Rose hips are an excellent source of Vitamin C.

Cherokee Rose naturalized and growing at the entrance to our driveway. Apparently the Cherokee rose is not native here and has become invasive but that didn't stop me from enjoying the fragrance as I carried the blossoms up the driveway. The Cherokee rose is associated with the Trail of Tears, the forced relocation of Native Americans from the Southeast. Some of my relatives, including my great grandmother, were forced from their home here in Georgia.

The white petals symbolize a woman's tears of grief and hardship shed during their exodus, the gold center represents the gold taken from the Cherokee tribe, and the seven leaflets represent the seven Cherokee tribes. I think I'll make a piece of pottery with the Cherokee Rose vine. If you have time please read the poem, The Neverending Trail, by Abe "Del" Jones. (photo above borrowed from Wikipedia).

A ceramic wall pocket doesn't come into it's own until graced with fresh or dried flowers loved by the one placing them there. The pink dogwood flower turned white after firing due to the clear glaze I used but I am glad it did. I'm thinking I might design a way to have a nail at the bottom of the pocket so it can't sway in the breeze; maybe a wire across the bottom. What do you think? We can get quite a bit of wind up here. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. I love the way you are displaying your Cherokee Rose. Thanks for the lore behind the name. The Trail of Tears is one of the blots on our history.
    You could stabilize the pot by making a decorative loop at the bottom for a nail or screw. If you want to get really fancy you could make another flower to glue onto the nailhead once it is in.

  2. Hi Suzi, thanks, I didn't realize about the Cherokee rose till I read about it this morning.

    what good ideas, there's always something wonderful one can do with clay, so versatile.


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