Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of our most commonly asked questions......
What is a Mandala?
Mandala is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning "circle" .
Creating a mandala can be a form of meditation, as well as contemplating a finished mandala. In Tibetan Buddhism, there are strict guidelines concerning the content and design of a mandala, including the visualization of the piece and mantras to be recited as it is made. Different types of mandalas are used to represent different elements of Buddhist beliefs and cosmology, but they are generally full of symbolism and richly detailed.
Tibetan Buddhists also make sand mandalas, using delicate tools and coloured sand to create intricate designs. After they are made and contemplated according to ceremony, sand mandalas are destroyed, symbolizing the impermanence of everything. Every element of the sand mandala, from marking out the pattern, to pouring the sand, to disposing of the used sand, is ritualized. Mandalas also appear in Japanese Buddhist temples and rituals, although the sand mandala is unique to Tibetan Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhism. Meditation or prayer aids in other religious traditions, such as the rosary of Catholicism, are considered by some to be a type of mandala.
Mandalas are used as meditation aids in a non-religious context as well. Psychologist Carl Jung saw the mandala as a powerful tool towards personal understanding and growth.
Drawing a personal mandala can help a person understand his or her unconscious thoughts and priorities. For example, whatever is at the center of the mandala is thought to be the most important in one's spiritual life, while things further from the center are increasingly less important. Interpreting the colours and symbols one chooses to incorporate is similar to dream interpretation or other theories of unconscious symbolism.
Mandalas all have a unique and special energy which anyone can connect with. Whichever one you choose, may it bring you to a place of peace.
The one I like has been SOLD. Can I get one EXACTLY the same?
We are very glad that a particular mandala has captivated you and appologize that someone else has purchased it already. Each mandala is unique and they are all works of inspiration. Having said that, there are patterns and photographs and we can, in most cases, recreate the look and feel of the one you like. Please keep in mind that the colours may be slightly different, and certain elements are one of a kind. They will never be exactly the same.
Here is an example:
Santorini has been a very popular design and John has made 3 of them so far. As you can see, the centre stone is unique in all three and there are slight differences in the way he has decided to do the blues. In most cases the glass is the same (or as close as possible) but the finished result is always unique.
Can I commission a piece?
Of course you can!! We would love to hear your ideas for your own personal mosaic masterpiece. Just keep in mind, artists can be tempermental characters and may not be inspired by your vision of your beloved Mercedes done in stained glass.
Honestly, please contact us to discuss your idea and we will do our best to make it happen.
How long will it take to complete?Most mandalas take between 2 and 3 weeks to complete. However, depending on how busy we happen to be, and the difficulty of the piece you have asked us to create, it can take 5-6 weeks or longer. Rest assured, we will keep you up to date on the progress of your mandala and will work as quickly as possible to deliver your masterpiece.
How do I display my Mandala?Your mandala can be displayed in a number of different ways.
If you ordered one with a lead came border then the most common way to display it is with a dimmable 35W Halogen light fixture and decorative plate stand. If the light is used then these may be displayed on a mantle or any shelf that is a minimum of 12 inches deep. If you decide that you would prefer not to use the light then these mandalas look stunning on a window ledge with daylight streaming through them.
If you decide to order a mandala with a wooden frame then you have a few options as well. You may request that your mandala be fitted with a chain so that it may be hung in a window or you may also display it with the stand and halogen bulb.
Which ever way you choose to display your mandala we are certain that you will appreciate the way it glistens in the light and hope that you find peace and inspiration in its design.