The potter's mark is called a chop, from the Hindu, meaning a maker's mark. These are usually in the form of the potter's initials, generally placed on the base or side of ceramic ware. I have chosen a stylized woodcock to honor their freedom and mystery and the fact that they are under stress due to loss of wetlands and young forests, both of which we carefully guard in Bridport.

 

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Chop* | CHäp | noun / archaic
A trademark; a brand of goods.

ORIGIN: early 19th century: from Hindi chāp stamp, brand (see chaap).


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Chaap* | ʃɑp | (also chhaap) noun

 An official seal or stamp, used to approve or authenticate a permit or similar document.ORIGIN: Hindi
chāp stamp, brand.

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Woodcocks are a distinctive bird, native to Vermont, yet common throughout moderate climates. Their thumping and dance are famous for their style and uniqueness, and their beep, beep is unmistakable and, in Vermont, harkens spring.

 

The Woodcock as Totem. 

The woodcock is a somewhat bulky wading bird with rather short legs and a very long straight tapering bill. It is largely nocturnal, spending most of the day in dense cover. 

The woodcock has the uncanny ability to remain motionless until disturbed and then takes off in in a flurry of movement. It holds the element of surprise so teaches us to pay attention to the proper use of timing in our lives.


Because the woodcock's eyes are set father back on its head than other birds it has a 360 degree field of vision. Its ears are located below rather than behind the eye sockets. Those with this medicine are natural born visionaries and see things in an expanded way. They intuitively understand the deeper reasons of a situation and make excellent counsellor's and therapists.


The woodcock lives mainly on earthworms, which it attracts to the surface by drumming with its feet and then extracts the worms as they surface, with its long sensitive bill.


The woodcock nests in early spring. Its wings are rounded and the outermost wing feathers are attenuated to produce vibratory sounds during flight. The male’s aerial song, a sweet varied whistling accompanies its courtship displays which are exquisitely graceful. Its spiraling flight upward 200 to 300 feet is followed by a fluttering drop back to the starting point. Vocal expression in the form of chanting or singing is recommended for those with this totem.


The woodcock uses all of its senses to the fullest. It responds to what it hears, sees and feels and asks us to do the same. Skillful and intelligent, this little bird can show us how to awaken and refine our inner and outer worlds. All we need to do is pay attention and then act accordingly.

https://heartbeathealing.blogspot.com/2014/02/guides.html
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The potter's mark is called a chop, from the Hindu, meaning a maker's mark. These are usually in the form of the potter's initials, generally placed on the base or side of ceramic ware. I have chosen a stylized woodcock to honor their freedom and mystery and the fact that they are under stress due to loss of wetlands and young forests, both of which we carefully guard in Bridport.

 

IMG_1479.JPG     

Chop* | CHäp | noun / archaic
A trademark; a brand of goods.

ORIGIN: early 19th century: from Hindi chāp stamp, brand (see chaap).


chops.pots-0_1.jpg

Chaap* | ʃɑp | (also chhaap) noun

 An official seal or stamp, used to approve or authenticate a permit or similar document.ORIGIN: Hindi
chāp stamp, brand.

woodcock_painting.jpg

Woodcocks are a distinctive bird, native to Vermont, yet common throughout moderate climates. Their thumping and dance are famous for their style and uniqueness, and their beep, beep is unmistakable and, in Vermont, harkens spring.

 

The Woodcock as Totem. 

The woodcock is a somewhat bulky wading bird with rather short legs and a very long straight tapering bill. It is largely nocturnal, spending most of the day in dense cover. 

The woodcock has the uncanny ability to remain motionless until disturbed and then takes off in in a flurry of movement. It holds the element of surprise so teaches us to pay attention to the proper use of timing in our lives.


Because the woodcock's eyes are set father back on its head than other birds it has a 360 degree field of vision. Its ears are located below rather than behind the eye sockets. Those with this medicine are natural born visionaries and see things in an expanded way. They intuitively understand the deeper reasons of a situation and make excellent counsellor's and therapists.


The woodcock lives mainly on earthworms, which it attracts to the surface by drumming with its feet and then extracts the worms as they surface, with its long sensitive bill.


The woodcock nests in early spring. Its wings are rounded and the outermost wing feathers are attenuated to produce vibratory sounds during flight. The male’s aerial song, a sweet varied whistling accompanies its courtship displays which are exquisitely graceful. Its spiraling flight upward 200 to 300 feet is followed by a fluttering drop back to the starting point. Vocal expression in the form of chanting or singing is recommended for those with this totem.


The woodcock uses all of its senses to the fullest. It responds to what it hears, sees and feels and asks us to do the same. Skillful and intelligent, this little bird can show us how to awaken and refine our inner and outer worlds. All we need to do is pay attention and then act accordingly.

https://heartbeathealing.blogspot.com/2014/02/guides.html
...from The Spirit Keeper

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