Ceramic low stoneware with a low stoneware glaze. This instrument was made in the traditional way by hand coiling. The inside is unglazed which permits freer flow of sound.
Ocarina in the Shape of a Koi Fish
This is a ten hole ocarina. Hand modeled and lavishly decorated with underglaze on white earthenware. Overglaze enamels include red, yellow, mother-of-pearl and 24K gold. He is 8 1/2" long and 5 1/2" tall. Key of E. Softer sound in the lowest register. Larger ocarinas tend to be quieter.
Nine Hole Pit Fired Ocarina
This pit fired ocarina is made with volcanic ash clay and burnished terra sigillata. The tones are a subtle mixture of oxidized and reduced colors from the pit firing. The ocarina not only functions as a musical instrument, but is flat on the bottom to stand freely as a display piece. Plays an octave in the key of B flat with alternate fingering. Nice alto Kabuki-like sound. Stands approximately six and a half inches high.