About John Davis
“I've lived all my life in the Chihuahuan Desert and am deeply inspired by its rugged terrain, subtle colors, and remarkable beauty. My work reflects the incredible hues of the mountain sunsets, the diverse vegetation, and the variability of this untamed region." ~ John Davis
John Davis's line of Raku Ornaments and innerSpirit Rattles are his most popular products.
Besides the expected American craft galleries and boutique gift shops, innerSpirit Rattles and Raku Ornaments are carried by a wide variety of retail locations - destination health resorts, national art museums and parks, hospital gift shops, gift shops in churches and places of worship, and independent bookstores.
The wabi-sabi inspired Raku firing process creates a one-of-a-kind asymmetrical surface, and each innerSpirit Rattle has its own unique sound. People love turning them over and over while shaking them one-by-one until they find the one that “speaks to them.” Exploring a display of innerSpirit Rattles is an interactive and musical experience that often pulls others into fun and lively conversations.
Their sweet-sounding rhythm truly delights, relaxes and reduces tension.
Raku pottery was conceived by 16th century Japanese tea masters striving to honor the unassuming beauty of imperfect things. Our Raku rattles and ornaments look like an ancient artifact unearthed from an Indian campground along the Rio Grande in the vast Chihuahuan Desert where they are made.
John is also known for his unique slab built inlaid vase construction techniques.
His inlaid vase process is labor-intensive, but the outcome is the feel of an heirloom passed down through generations. The floral and cacti vases are made from slabs of clay pressed into molds he's made from actual flowers and leaves or sculpted from an oil-based clay. The vases are hand formed, dried slowly, and then painted with colorful underglazes before firing for the first time.
To give them an aged look, each vase is washed with a rich, dark stain, then painted and air brushed with delicate details before being fired again.