• QUARTERLY CONTEST- SEND ME A SHORT ESSAY ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE ENDANGERED SPECIES- OR AT LEAST A NAME AND SHORT DESCRIPTION. MORE DETAILS BELOW.

I’m writing from 30,000 feet, riding one of Delta Airlines’ medieval bucket seats, watching Kansas roll by across my peripheral vision. Adios to Ecuador for another year!

Time is almost up on my first quarterly contest as well. As I mentioned previously, I’m soliciting a guest entry for my blog. In brief- I'm asking for a discussion of someone's favorite endangered species or ‘beast of the wild’ (flora or fauna). Free pottery to the ‘winning’ entry. Details can be found here.

Response, however, has been a bit thin (cough… non-existent). It may have been a bit overblown to solicit creative writing for a pottery website.

I’m a bit stubborn, however, so I’m going to sweeten the pot a bit
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First...

If you’re interested in competing for a piece of my pottery this round, I’ll accept entries that do not follow the essay format I originally asked for. At minimum, send me the name of your favorite wild/endangered organism, and a brief statement as to why you think it is important, unique, or ‘cool’.

Essay-form submissions (as described in the original contest description) are still awesome and encouraged… but on the other hand, if you just want to say ‘wild burros in Ecuador are awesome because they remind me of Eyeore’ or 'I love Tiger Sharks because they're the trash compactors of the ocean' or 'I love to hunt for wild ginseng'… something like that would be good enough.

Again- you can send me an attachment at kohakuroon@gmail.com, or you can post your text into my commissions and contacts page on this website.


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Second…

I’m expanding the selection of work that the ‘winner’ can choose from- including a planter with a giant Pacific Octopus design, rendered in Raku. I’ll take care of the cost of shipping (unless you live in Reykjavik or Cape Town… in which case we can talk about our options).

If you’re interested, submit by July 6.


Otherwise- I’ll write about a few more of the awesome denizens of Ecuador. Heaven knows there’s plenty to write about! (My Ecuador student group was just at a Ceiba Tree with a roosting group of Spectral Bats- how awesome are those!)

Here’s a brief description of the possible loot…

1) Whiskey flask with a grayling design (below).
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A biologist friend of mine likes his scotch, and suggested that I whip out a few of these. There’s a hole below the spout that can be threaded with a strap. A cork could fit in the spout.

This is a prototype… but I’ve downed a few fingers of Talisker out of it, and it’s been lovely. 6 inches from base to spout. You can pretend you're otter watching on the west coast of Skye.

2) Steeper mug. 
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1)   Steeper mug.  There’s an insert in this mug for loose-leaf tea, and a lid that can either cover the insert, or cover the mug without the insert. My stock grayling design rears its head again.


3) Lidded ‘Coast Range’ mug.
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The carving on this mug is based on some sketches from a kayak trip along Vancouver Island’s west coast (Deer Island Group).

A copper-saturation, patina-like glaze throws the design into relief. A whale tail serves as a handle- about 4 inches from base to handle.

4) Giant Pacific Octopus Planter.
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1)   I’ll probably write something about these guys (Enteroctopus dofleini) soon... bit of an obsession to be honest.

The design is rendered in multiple Raku glazes… but the base saucer is high fire (so you don’t need to worry about water oozing out onto your armoire). 6 inches high.


Deadline is June 6th, 5:00 Pacific time. I hope to hear from a few of you!
 


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