John and Robin in Big Bend National ParkLocally owned and family operated, John and Robin Davis are the husband and wife team behind J. Davis StudioinnerSpirit Rattles are the result of a family creative collaborative. When their daughters, Michaela and Hannah, were just little girls, they loved digging for treasure in the hard west Texas dirt with their tiny shovels and pails in hand. Their joyful curiosity inspired John to create his line of raku pottery.

Hannah and Michaela 1994
Hannah and Michaela 1994

When our daughters were little, they would take their toy shovels and dig all over the place. Their excitement about digging for treasures inspired me to create objects that looked like they were found in an archaeological dig.  ~ John Davis, J. Davis Studio

John is the artist, Robin writes the stories. John created the first innerSpirit Rattle, she gave it soul.”

The raku firing process was invented in the 16th century by a Japanese monk to make tea bowls to honor the imperfection of everyday life. The rustic and unpredictable surface also creates the essence of an ancient civilization, like an artifact unearthed from a primitive Indian camp ground around in a Rio Grande riverbed.

Rattles are discovered in excavations in even the most remote places on earth. The primitive artifacts are rich with culture and stories, and represent humanity’s shared heritage. These weathered old world rhythm makers are a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

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.

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