The globe shape was common to shamans’ rattles used in healing ceremonies. The two-sided form allowed us both to develop complementary design forms. I chose two wolves encircling a human form within a crescent moon.
The sound of the rattle reminds me of the waves of the Pacific crashing onto the shores of Aotearoa and Northwest Coast linking both cultures. The design represents a tiki — a sacred Maori image of first man.
Collaboration for the Fire & Water: Pacific Visions in Glass and Jade exhibition, 2007.
Collaborations between great artists are historically rare, despite frequent attempts and enthusiastic interest to bring technical skills and artistic chemistry together. In the end, it often seems that personal careers, distance, and other issues make these projects too difficult to realize. What makes this particular collaboration even more remarkable is that the two artists are geographically in different hemispheres — almost at polar opposites of the world.
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