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Give the Gift of Mindful Gratitude, Because Like the Mysterious Marfa Lights, the Power of Gratitude Cannot be Explained

innerSpirit Rattles infuse the soul of handmade American craftsmanship into small spaces and combine sound and motion to relieve stress and worry. Created in a land where the energy of survival is a must, the sweet sounding Raku bibelots make an affordable and mindful Father's Day gift.

Alpine, TX, June 06, 2014 --( innerSpirit Rattles infuse the soul of handmade American craftsmanship into small spaces and combine sound and motion to relieve stress and worry. They are made in a pottery studio in Alpine, TX, a small rural town in the remote Chihuahuan Desert where nature has to fight to survive, and the historical and playful Marfa Ghost Lights dance in the sky above the flat Far West Texas plains.

Tiny shimmery balls are tucked inside the rattle’s clay shell produce a sweet sound that can trigger a peaceful mindfulness enabling a sense of calm within the most difficult storms.

Inspired to create something that had the look of an artifact that could have been unearthed by his young daughters who loved digging “for buried treasure” with toy shovels, ceramic artist John Davis chose Raku.

Raku is an ancient pottery firing process developed by monks striving for containers as sacred as their tea ceremony. The Japanese Tea Ceremony is meditative and spiritual, calling for tranquil mindful movements and a presence of great wisdom, harmony, and compassion.

Raku is part meditation and part science. Red hot pottery is mindfully pulled from the kiln and placed into a container filled with combustible material. Smoke and lack of oxygen form a fitting ethereal glaze with wispy swirls of iridescent gold, copper, jade and violet. Raku pieces look like a lost gem, and because the extreme temperature change causes high breakage, each piece is certainly a bit of treasure. No two rattles look (or sound) alike.

At an art show the weekend after 9/11, the rattles were a welcomed light of joy. People instinctively gathered to hold and shake them causing others to connect in conversation. This led John’s wife and business partner, Robin, to write a story card which reads “Use this rattle to help rattles some rain into your life, some rain out of your life, to help rattle your worries away, or just to keep your papers from blowing astray.” The rattles have been a runaway best seller ever since.

Made from clay made in Austin, TX, the rattles are wrapped with artificial sinew adorned with sparkling Japanese glass seed beads. Designs have raised impressions, such as a dragonfly, a whirly curly pattern inspired by Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” painting and bumblebees, as well as other flora and fauna.

innerSpirit Rattles perfect for anyone looking for a gift that is both inspiring and useful as well as handmade by an American craftsman. They are gift boxed with a colorful story card and a folklore card that encourages mindfulness for different intentions; resilience, wellness, and even smooth sailing. Keeping a different one a desk, a shelf, or a bedside table reminds you to simply count blessings for natural stress relief.

innerSpirit Rattles carry the spirit of survival with them all over the United States. Retailing for less than $30, they are sold through American craft galleries, mail order catalogs, and gift shops located in national parks, museums, aquariums, hospitals, wellness resorts, spiritual retreats, and yoga studios.

A few of the retailers include:
• The Renwick Gallery Gift Shop in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
• The Grace Cathedral in San Francisco
• Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park
• Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa
• Los Angeles Philharmonic Walt Disney Concert Hall
• Coldwater Creek Catalog

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