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Turtle Totem Pot (tt001) native American hand polished animal sculpture of turtle in terra cotta by Nansee New of Casa Luz

For First Nation people on our continent, the turtle is of great importance. We the "two leggeds" and our animal companions live on the back of Turtle Island.

Totemic art celebrates the natural world and the animals, birds and fish that inhabit mother earth with us. Also known as effigies, totem pots invoke the spirit of the animal depicted, honoring its wisdom and gifts. These tiny treasures are my offering to the totemic lineage. The turtle, or tortoise represents stability and the earth element to the Native Americans.

This terra cotta clay animal vessel was first turned on the wheel, then hand sculpted and carved. When the clay was "leather hard" it was hand polished over a series of hours with a smooth piece of agate. After drying, the animal pot was fired twice, first in an electric kiln followed by a final firing in an earth kiln with sawdust and twigs. The variations of color on the surface of the turtle totem are the result of the dance of fire and smoke in the earth kiln. Each animal vessel has an unpredictable and unique patina. And every opening of the kiln brings new variations and surprises. The eyes of the turtle vessel are small hematite beads. Burnished pieces are not suited for holding water or soil. Kept indoors they will maintain their sheen and beauty indefinitely.

This turtle sculpture measures: 6" x 6" x 2 1/2"

Turtle Totem Pot (tt001) native American hand polished animal sculpture of turtle in terra cotta by Nansee New of Casa Luz

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: terracotta, sawdust, agate, inspiration, love, gratitude, hematite, clay
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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