Handmade One Of A Kind Ceramic Clay Rattle With Found Wooden Handle

Hand formed rattle accented with hand made clay beads.

Ceremonial RATTLES have been used for centuries to celebrate beginnings. They were the gift of choice among Victorians wishing to commemorate the birth of a child but as far back as the humble Egyptians, rattles were utilized to memorialize each new chapter in the life of the individual.

The gourd Rattles made by the American Indian were filled with plants they raised & considered sacred - corn, tobacco, and rice. My fired clay Rattles are filled with dried bits of clay which I revere as the complete gestalt of life. These fired bits provide the sound of the earth as my Rattles are shaken or handled.

All of my Rattles are "birthed" in the same way. Once the basic shape is formed, I tenderly blow my own CHI (breath of life) inside, sealing the opening quickly closed with pursed lips. These Rattles are then finished with terra sigillata or glaze & fired. Some are further adorned with a leather cord or wood handle, semi-precious stones, clay, bone, copper or shell beads - details which complement the importance of the Rattle.

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Made in Cherry Hill, NJ

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