Raven tricks Gull into releasing light into the world. All was once dark and Raven was tired of looking for food in the dark, so he came up with an idea to trick Gull into releasing light into the world. He stuck a thorn into Gull’s foot and when Gull called out for help, Raven claimed he needed a bit of light to see how to pull the thorn out. Gull released the stars, but when Raven accidentally (on purpose) pushed the thorn in deeper, claiming it wasn’t enough to work the thorn loose. So Gull released the moon, and Raven said “Ok” I can see it clearly, but he feigned slipping and drove it in deeper. Gull cried out in pain and dropped his cedar box and the sum flew out right by Raven, thus burning Raven the black color he sports to this day. And that is how we got light and why Raven and Gull are still fighting.
This is a Southeast Alaskan Tale.
The tile is made from the Bootlegger Cove clay gathered from the mudflats near Anchorage.
Tiles are usually fired three times. The first is a bisque firing to cone 04, or about 1850 degrees Fahrenheit, and the other two firings are to cone 6, or about 2150 degrees Fahrenheit. The tile can be used in just about any setting, wet or dry, indoor or outdoor, even as a hot plate. Though most customers just hang the tile on the wall as art.
The “Silver Hand Artist” stamp on the backside means I’m registered with the state of Alaska as a native Alaskan artist.
All tiles are made to order, it is listed as “in-stock” so you can order and pay. Being a one-person business, it will take 2-3 weeks to make the item if it is not currently available. I can email an image of the tile once it is made for your approval before shipping.
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