Synopsis of Symbolism

Tree of Life Series and Nature Vessels

Awakening Bliss

Awakening Bliss

This vessel reminds us of the marvelous beauty of “disturbances” in our lives to support us in growing and ultimately blooming.  It reminds us of the heavy load of living in illusion (buds nodding akin to ppoppy), while life awaits our awakened blooming.

It is hoped to inspire a nudging to lift our heads and hearts high – open ourselves to continual inner growthin all ways. It is hoped to impart an essence of the deep bliss of conscious living – the awakened bliss of Love. That state in which we quite naturally are pointedly and sensitively aware of our entire universe and where the life of even one single honeybee both matters and affects the entire web of life – it is honored – it is warmly and tenderly cherished.


A small, warm, and quiet vessel featuring the wild yellow trillium plant. This piece is a marvelous companion to other pieces within the Tree of Life and Nature Series with its warm and lovely presence. It speaks to the perfection often hidden beneath the surface of all of life while presenting the beauty of absolute harmony within the grand triad.


The wild violet stems flexibly bend – inviting us to notice the graceful beauty of flexibility, modesty and humility as we too grow.  Rising from their heart-shaped leaves (Love), they dance a quiet, lovely ballet for us.  Three ants are etched on the bottom of the vessel (hidden) inviting us to appreciate the many invisible helpers in our lives. With its 37 blooms it invites us to gratefully notice our invisible helpers, and the rich gifts of modesty and flexibility; all within a warm blanket of Love.


Marriage of Spirit Marriage of Spiritspeaks to the deep potency of Love within both the visible and invisible realms. It invites us to embrace the rich gifts of Love, which lie waiting within each of us while remembering Love’s miraculous effects always upon our entire universe. Twenty-one sculpted life forms are quietly sculpted within the root system representative of the collective universe. It is a sister vessel to Serenity.


Serenity Serenity by Carol Allemanreflects that place of utter stillness where the heart truly opens into absolute peacefulness. Frustration, rage and disappointment may all be transformed when we allow ourselves to be revealed – illuminating our illusions/stories for what they truly are while simultaneously opening our hearts to absolute serenity. It is a sister vessel to Marriage of Spirit.


The owl qualities, coupled with the majestic, timeless oak tree presents a powerful imagery of strength and wisdom within vulnerability – and in utter trust of our most ancient roots.


Twilight Stars by Carol AllemanThe evening embrace of the blooming evening-primrose with the primrose moth inspires an enriched appreciation of the deep, mystical qualities of the seemingly dark hours – glowing in effortless harmony with the radiance and wisdom of the extraordinary owl. Twilight Stars echoes our human yearning toward Home – our place of profound nourishment and harmony. It quietly bathes us with owl’s sweet wisdom while reminding us of how richly we are held, as we are each evening, effortlessly “breathed” through the magical twilight hours.


Nature's BountyNature’s Bounty is an appeal for renewed appreciation and active conservation  efforts regarding the miraculous honeybee.  Presented within twenty-five blooms of white clover this small jewel  offers a radiant energy of  divine, balanced Power in the repeated “3” of the foliage – a Divine Power suggesting oneness and harmony. The honeybee population is declining at an alarming rate – these amazing insects are responsible for pollinating about one-third of the fruits, vegetables and nuts we eat on a daily basis.


celestial joy vesselCelestial Joy invites us to witness and join the hummingbird’s dance of joyfully giving, receiving, perching [resting] and trusting. Coupled with the peaceful purity of the orange alpine lily, the vessel glows with a delicate, wide open invitation to live in complete celestial joy, peace, love and trust. Award winner.


voice of wisdom, a bronze vessel by carol alleman inspired by the aspen treeVoice of Wisdom presents the aspen as a voice of love and wisdom mirroring the connections, characteristics and love of the human family. She speaks of modeling generosity, joyfulness, cooperation, tenacity, strength and an unwavering inclination of growing toward the Light.


ripe abundance, a bronze plaque featuring the pomegrante by carol allemanRipe Abundance FramedThe Ripe Abundance cast bronze plaque presents three promising pomegranates. The six-sided pomegranate represents harmony and abundance – a call to create abundant harmony in our lives. Amazingly, each pomegranate fruit holds an average of 600 ruby-red seeds.  The sheer abundance of this aspiring fruit’s seed is enough to cause anyone to pause in great wonder and awe. What one small seed might each of us plant today to support a fertile, balanced and harmonious presence for all of us in community?


Seeds of Harmony, a bronze bowl by Carol Alleman featuring a snake and pomegrantesSeeds of Harmony is a broad open bowl presenting nine pomegranates and a golden serpent subtly intertwined among the ripened fruits. Seeds of Harmony speaks of the potency of current times and opportunities for transformation (symbolically the serpent). The six-sided pomegranate represents harmony and abundance – a call to create abundant harmony in our lives. Multiple award winner.


Aries Maple, a bronze vessel by Carol Alleman featuring the Japanese Maple Tree Maple Joys, a bronze plaque by Carol Alleman inspired by Maple tree leaves and seed podsIt is my hope Aries Maple and Maple Joys will inspire each of us to be willing to look with fresh eyes ‘first’ rather than waiting for another. Change is up to each of us, and thankfully if we each simply bloom as naturally and quickly as possible, Spirit will carry our seeds far and wide – perfectly.


Garden of Promies, Carol Allemans first consort of 5 vessels. Each vessel represents a different crocus.The complete Garden of Promises speaks of the miraculous and inspiring blooms of the crocus. Appearing as one of the very first spring blooms, the crocus prepares to bloom in icy darkness. Suddenly one day it pushes through the crusted soil and announces the arrival of a new season once more. Each season brings its own unique and necessary gifts to our lives – so it is with the Garden of Promises – the promise of each season being one of potency and perfection.


Ruby Promises, a bronze vessel by Carol AllemanInspired by the crocus, this piece speaks to the many threads of growth occurring for each of us invisibly. Just as the crocus invisibly grows beneath the surface, so too are all our life events woven together invisibly and in preparation for our blooming.  A potent purpose for each season is our promise in the garden of life.


Blue Promises, a bronze vessel by Carol AllemanSpeaks to those times in our lives when we experience having the blues – when life feels gloomy and vacant. The crocus bloom reminds us of the unexpected yet dependable blooming – always – of a new and perfect season.


Snowy White Promises, a bronze vessel by Carol Alleman inspired by the crocusReflects the crocus as an inspiration in recognizing that all we often believe we do not have and need to have as an illusion. The comfort we seek stretches far beyond a physical comfort. We live freely and joyfully when simply trusting the perfect timing and comfort of all things, in all seasons.


Golden Promises, a bronze vessel by Carol AllemanTrusting the power and potency of the unseen movement and growth in our lives, especially in those dark seasons when we cannot yet ‘see’ evidence of either.


Promises, a bronze vessel by Carol Alleman featuring the crocusThe early spring bloom of the crocus speaks of the positive and dramatic shift that changes our entire sense of Self in one lighting quick, unexpected moment: renewing our trust, wonder and joyfulness.


In Vino Veritas I, a bronze vessel by carol alleman celebrating wine and grapesIn Vino Veritas I (In Wine there is Truth) speaks of the rich and ancient symbolism of the grape, grapevine, and of wine. Inspired by the circling tendrils of the vine, it mirrors infinity and our deep connection to one another. Inspired by the attentive pruning necessary for the vine to be productive, it invites us to consider how we might ‘prune our lives’ to bear our finest fruits. And, inspired by the symbolism of wine itself, it is an expression of infinite Absolute Truth – the Truth we are – in deepest community with ourselves and one another. AWA Award winner.


Remembering Gratitude, a bronze vessel by Carol Alleman inspired by the Californian poppyAs the beloved, brilliant poppies open to the rays of Mother Sun (Higher Realm) they effortlessly spread broad, contagious smiles. May we too allow ourselves to bend with the wind, entwine our arms with one another, and glow and flutter in the brilliance we truly are. And, may we be awakened to a renewed whole-hearted gratitude – in all we are, all we do, all we have – with the recognition that all is truly well. Inspired by the California Poppy.

Multiple award winner.


Possibilities, a bronz sculpture by Carol Alleman of an acrorn that one can comfortably hold in her handThe Possibilities sculpture speaks to the notion of all life’s events and seasons holding profound purpose, possibility and potency – without exception. At times when we feel utterly confused, saddened or fearful, this single Possibility is hoped to ignite renewed resolve, acceptance and gratitude.


Womb of Life, a bronze vessel by Carol AllemanWomb of Life speaks of the possibility that life itself is a nurturing womb. Within the quietly secure interior of life itself, we are being grown / gaining wisdom moment by moment. Deep invisible threads connect all of us – all of Life. We are nourished by all of our experiences, each propelling us to grow in our unique ways. We are mysteriously and completely supported in this loving Womb of Life. Award winner.


Ginkgo Seed of Hope, a bronze vessel by Carol Alleman inspired by the ginkgo treeGinkgo: Seed of Hope features three male ginkgo trees balanced in harmony with the feminine grace of three doves (one in flight). This work invites us to choose love over separation while speaking of hope and of peace. Three doves and three trees suggest the edition size of 33.  The creative ‘3’ brings two opposites together creating a whole greater than its parts: 3 doves, 3 trees, edition size of 33.


Trillium, a bronze vessel by Carol Alleman  The blessed trillium plant echoes “perfection” in everything. Perfection, Perfection, Perfection. The symbolic ‘three’ again in the edition size of 111 (1 + 1 + 1 = 3). The  dramatic sprinkling of red blooms among the whirling green leaves ripples the repetition of “3”. Award winner.


Gratitude, a bronz vessel by Carol Alleman inspired by the Californian poppy Daily gratitude and remembrance.


Quiet Blessing, a bronze plaque by Carol AllemanQuiet Blessing FramedInfinite, often unnoticed blessings, symbolism, and inspiration offered by all trees.


Graceful One, a bronze vessel by Carol Alleman featuring the bottlebrush treeUnity and grace; our common threads held by a center Core; our deep connection to one another and unexpected growth and blooming.


Woodland Queens, a bronze vessel by Carol Alleman inspired by the aspen treeCooperation, leadership, generosity, support of one another (particularly in the ‘storms’ of our lives), model of highest personal, community and corporate integrity; inspiration to fully and simply always stretch for the Light. Edition size of 28 = adding the numbers 1-7 totals 28. Seven has long been a favorite number for Carol signifying creative perfection connecting the spiritual and temporal realms.


The Seed, a bronze sculpture by Carol Alleman featuring the acornRecognition of our real potential, Power, and intention; potency and necessity for a willingness to sow our unique and individual seeds.


Mighty Oak, a small bronze vessel by Carol Alleman featuring the oak treeRespect for elders and their contributions to us; encouragement to sow our own unique seeds and not discount the potency and purpose of the seemingly small seeds; in an edition of 120 pieces: 12 being symbolic to Carol as an elder or tribal number of deep respect. Award winner.


Sacred Marriage, a bronze bowl by Carol AllemanSpeaks to the challenge of holding the vast dualities of life in balance – in neutrality; The doorway to this being an unending vine (growth), orchestrated perfectly by the Sacred and made possible by the authentic Core of our Being; in a an edition of 42 (2+4 = 6, a number of perfect harmony).


Trinity, a bronze vessel by Carol Alleman. This edition is sold out.Unwavering stretching straight for the heavens, the creative ‘three’ (you, me and Thee), in an apparent circular form with no beginning or end and grounded/nourished from the four planes of the earth (the square base); in an edition of 43 representing the 4 corners of the earth plane and the 3 of the trinities.


Nourished, a bronze vessel by Carol AllemanA vessel for lovers; love of oneself in the deepest sense as the doorway to authentically loving the “other” in the richest sense; reminder to nourish, foremost, the well of ones soul.


Reality, a bronze vessel by Carol AllemanPossibility of all we claim to intellectually know as truly a mere slice of Reality.


Infinity, a bronze vessel by Carol AllemanInfinite threads of Wisdom and beauty in nature, particularly trees and their miraculous and graceful transitions; Edition size of 28 = adding the numbers 1-7 totals 28. Seven has long been a favorite number for Carol signifying creative perfection connecting the spiritual and temporal realms.


Montage Abundance, a bronze bowl by Carol Alleman. This edition is sold out.Recognition of abundance within and around us always, and the Light illuminated when we wrap our arms around one another.


Raven, a bronze vessel by Carol AllemanSeemingly dark (most often at unexpected times) transformed to Light if we are willing to ‘sit’ with and embrace the seemingly dark rather than run in fear; in an edition of 37 -with 3 ravens bridging the spiritual and temporal through mystical transformation and the 7 signifying creative perfection (i.e. seven days of creation).


Illusion of Complexity, a bronze vessel by Carol AllemanIt is ‘we’ that so creatively complicate and fill our lives often to the point of overwhelm; in Truth, at its very core, life is beautifully simple -as simple as the first moment we breathed. Award winner.


Seen and Unseen, a bronze vessel by Carol AllemanAppreciation for the invisible realms; inner calling we hold to expand – to reach Higher; the profound unity of both the visible and invisible realms.


Transitions II, a large bronze vessel by Carol AllemanAs with Transitions and in this 42″ h version, the extent of this Power or Potency is illuminated visually; WIDE open to receive from higher realms; the divinely orchestrated Perfection of all movement; in an edition of 12 pieces symbolic of the respectful, elder and/or tribal number.


Transitions, a bronze vessel by Carol AllemanInvitation to give attention and appreciation to even the smallest, most subtle transitions in our lives, and embrace and honor their mysterious Power.


Finding Courage, a bronze vessel by Carol AllemanSpeaks to those wintry, ice cold seasons of our lives when we feel certain our roots are not deep or secure enough to support and feed us; yet we do find Courage to trust and the new season always comes.


The Little Ones, a bronze vessel by Carol AllemanSurrendering our fears like a child and honoring natures’ way of supporting and speaking to us in all seasons of our lives.


Seasons, a bronze vessel by Carol AllemanAvoiding the temptation to reduce ‘seasons’ to climate alone; recognizing our lives on this earth as simply one great season of many.


Owl Medicine, a bronze vessel by Carol AllemanWisdom of selective hearing and ability to hear in the dark; appreciation for the Wisdom and voices of the Night.


Miracles, Carol Alleman's first bronze vesselThe infinite and diverse gifts – miracles- of trees and their inherent voices of Wisdom and inspiration; the first bronze cast vessel in the Tree of Life Series and the first bronze cast work of art in Carol’s career.