innerSpirit Rattles Symbolize Connection & Survival
innerSpirit Rattles are ceramic shakers with tiny balls tucked inside that make a soft soothing sound when picked up from its nestling spot on a desk or vanity. Carrying a subtle reminder of humankind’s kinship and resiliency, the palm sized pillows of American craft hold an abundance of meaning.
Prehistoric rattles represent humanity’s shared heritage. Unearthed by archeologists in even the most remote places on earth, these simple rhythm makers had significant cultural and historical importance. Handcrafted from inventive materials by resourceful peoples, the artifacts are testament to innovation and to the resiliency of the human spirit.
J. Davis Studio is a pottery studio located in Alpine, Texas. John Davis, once known mostly for his elegant hand built floral vases, created a line of Raku rattles after watching his young daughters dig for “treasures” in their far west Texas pasture; in ground once roamed by nomadic Indians, African American Buffalo Soldiers, and Mexican revolutionaries.
John Davis’s goal was to create objects that epitomized the soul and culture of the land.
To create clay shakers that look as ancient as those displayed in natural history museums around the world, Davis fires them using a technique invented hundreds of years ago by 16th century Japanese tea masters endeavoring to celebrate the humble beauty of what is natural, flaws and all.
J. Davis Studio’s sweet little bibelots are first shaped in clay, then drenched with a Raku glaze which creates perfectly imperfect iridescent swirls of coppery plums, reds, blues, ochres, and greens. The Raku rattles are wrapped with a strand of lustrous Japanese seed beads, and each carved motif has its own folklore story.
Native Americans used rattles to bestow blessings upon their crops. Use your rattle to help rattle some rain into your life, some rain out of your life, to rattle your worries away, or just to keep your papers from blowing astray.
*Shake to the rhythm of your favorite music, or to the beat of your own drum.
I have my Raku rattle next to my workspace and when I need to slow down or count my blessings, I pick it up and it gives me a great deal of pleasure and brings calm to my day.
The colors are fabulous, and the rattle is calming and meditative. Thank you for making such exquisite works of art.
I really love these rattles and the sentiments behind them. I am filled with gratitude for your creative spirit and these lovely rattles which make such meaningful gifts.
"My one and only favorite sister, Eileen, gave me one of your rattles for my 60th birthday! I absolutely love it. I have it on a table near my back door and when I leave in the morning I rattle it, and when I return home in the evening I do the same. It has become very very special."
"A friend gave me a heart rattle that your company makes. It is so beautiful. Thank you so much. I really love it. It is sitting on my desk and bringing a smile to my face!"
At first my assistant didn't quite "get" this rattle, now we can't get her to give it back! She loves it! Shaking brings about a sense of grounding and peace.
I have two and use them daily while day trading securities and intend to acquire more!! Great Work!!
Pick up your innerSpirit Rattle. Cup it in the palm of your hand. Focus on the weight. Now give it a shake. Did you feel that? Of course you did. Your shoulders just relaxed. That’s stress leaving your body. Naturally. Okay… now for the biggie. Think of one thing for which you are grateful. Come on. You can think of at least one. Pay attention. There! Now you feel it. That’s amazing, huh? Your heart and your head just pushed your worries aside. Unite your mind, body, and soul to conquer fear. Use your innerSpirit Rattle as a tool. Make some funky music. Shake to the rhythm of your favorite music, or to the beat of your own drum.
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J. Davis Studio is a small ceramics studio in Alpine, Texas.
J. Davis Studio is a small ceramics studio in Alpine, Texas. Located in the vast and peaceful Chihuahuan Desert, close to Big Bend National Park, the area is isolated and rugged.
There is arguably a unique energy springing from this uncluttered and far flung part of the world. The desolate mountainous landscape has a curious way of reinforcing faith, dredging up an unknown inner strength, and sparking a deep appreciation for even the smallest things in life......
Pictured: The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin
Gift boxed with a story card, innerSpirit Rattles are sold at a wide variety of retailers: destination health resorts, national art museums & parks, hospital gift shops, gift shops in churches & places of worship, & independent bookstores – along with the traditional American craft galleries & boutique gift shops.