Monday, February 11, 2013

Ceramic Totem Poles

A Some of my students are interested in making garden totems this semester. We briefly discussed the meaning of "totem".

Definition from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

1 a: an object (as an animal or plant) serving as the emblem of a family or clan and often as a reminder of its ancestry.

According to Native American tradition, each individual is connected with nine different animals that will accompany each person through life, acting as guides. Different animal guides come in and out of our lives depending on the direction that we are headed and the tasks that need to be completed along our journey.

Alexis Moyer
Alexis Moyer
Stephen Fabrico

Laurie Landry
Christ Runyan

Laurie Landry

Liz Allen

Leslie Codina

Paula Barry
Victoria Shaw
Scott Radke

Stephen Fabrico


  1. Hi, thank you for posting my totems. someone tracked me down and purchased one. Would you mind correcting the spelling of my last name? Paula Barry, not berry....thanks

  2. Loved your totems too, Paula. They were my fave. Im curious on how you assembled them. Rebar? and how do you keep them together? Silicone? Just a curious potter who's always wanted to make her own. :0)

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