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Raku Reliquaries Featuring Turtle & Raven - Beginnings
Some years ago I offered a clay workshop at the Art Educators Minnesota Conference at Bemidji State University. I posted the notice on the big board with a day, time and place and hoped that a few people would show up to experience clay turtle whistle making using the Raku process of glazing and firing. To my amazement, almost thirty people showed up. Fortunately I had the help of Butch and Kevin to get me started on the firing process which was hot, sweaty, smoky and dirty....oh, and yes, magical.
Turtles and Ravens in the Sun
I wanted to see if I could emulate the habit of turtles sunning themselves and climbing on top of eachother to see who could get the most warmth from the sun. I stopped at three because a stack of four would not fit i my kiln. This particular piece is in the collection of my dear friends, the Rients' of Naples, Florida, and the turtles represent their three wonderful sons, Grayson, Quincy and Xander.