The mystical nature and culture of the Native American tribes fascinated me so much I became irresistibly drawn into learning about their way of life. Noble Chiefs and Courageous Warriors, the history, the character, and heritage of these proud people often mistakenly referred to as Indians. Native American Tribes, a nation with customs and languages that will hold an enduring heritage within this natural world, the traditions and values of these people, their lands so sacred and valuable they viewed themselves only as caretakers and never owners.
Even pressure from Euro-Americans often with devastating effects on Indian Society, the Native Groups still maintained their historic cultures with many unbroken links to their past. American Indians belief systems, and philosophies, along with their practical knowledge guided them in daily life that related to the world around them is a concept shared by all the Native Americans Tribes.
A chance meeting one day with Brian Tozer, a Ceramic Artist developed into an interesting discussion, it appeared we both shared a common interest in the Native American people. The character of the individual styles, dress and aspects of the Indians lives. Such genuine people with so much character, their powerful faces and colorful dress fascinated Brian.
An invitation to Brian's studio amazed me greatly, Brian had already two hand crafted beautiful Indian Busts and a wall mounted, framed 'torso' on display. Explaining to me how he used good quality copy photographs to work from attempting to produce as close a likeness as was possible. Since that particular day I have built up my collection of Ceramic Native American Indians all from photographs given to Brian. Each sculpture is of a person that lived in the late 1800s Brian does not produce reproductions. Each piece of sculpture is original and hand crafted and very unique.
Sally, Brians wife, hand crafts all the apparel, headwear, feathers, and beads. The feathers are crafted from leather and so life like. Both Brian and Sally are extremely talented artists who possess many amazing skills that are very apparent by the quality of these stunning crafted figures they made for me.
I am attempting to preserve some of the Native American Indian's history and culture with these ceramic busts and wall mounted 'torsos' in an effort to depict a true ' life like figure' of these amazing people and their vanishing way of life. I have such a large collection and intend to offer many of them for sale on the open market so others may take pleasure of exhibiting these figures in their homes, offices or even hotels just as they appeared in the 1800's. These original hand crafted special ceramic sculptures of such fine quality to my knowledge are not available in today's market.
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