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About the studio

Woman in desert playing with cholla branches on her head

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.

This feeling is a gift that may be (just maybe) captured inside the hard shell of each handmade innerSpirit Rattle. Perhaps it’s an aura that seeps in, or a sticky essence picked up while being made one-by-one in a land once roamed by Native Americans and the African American Buffalo soldiers.

If none of the above can convince you of the energy the far west Texas area has to share, consider the mysterious orbs of light that skip and dance along the plains of Alpine’s neighbor, Marfa, Texas. For over a hundred years, try as they might, scientists still can’t explain them.

Native Americans used rattles to ensure blessings upon their crops. Use your innerSpirit Rattle to help rattle some rain into your life, some rain out of your life, to rattle your worries away, or (if you insist) just to keep your papers from blowing astray.