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Teresa Sugg

Teresa Sugg

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What's new? I'm back

In case you've been wondering just where I've been these past six years, I've been involved with a new love: coaxing sound and music from clay. You know how it is when you fall in're obsessed. I let the web-site fall by the wayside. Sorry.

I started out making sculptural whistles and ocarinas, and got hooked. It was a true addiction. I was up all night sometimes, trying to get good sound back after it disappeared. The first time I was able to achieve a full octave on one of my ocarinas I managed to impatiently wait until 7 am to burst into my bedroom and wake my poor husband with "Listen to this!!!" Let's just say he was less thrilled than I was.

After a while, I figured there had to be an easier and more predictable way, and started to root around in cyberspace for some personal coaching. Janie Rezner, in Fort Bragg, came to the rescue. Bless her heart and gratitude to the Great Mother who inspires her kindness. She coached me through making my first double ocarina, and was very generous with tips and techniques. Then I was even more obsessed, with making them, tuning them and then, with playing them. The sound of these instruments: double and triple chambered ocarinas, is so haunting, three dimensional and beautiful.

I'm very grateful for all those who have assisted me on this path. Among them, many thanks to Shairy, the Andean sound healer who inspired the beginning of this obsession and encouraged my fledging efforts, to Janie Rezner, who generously helped me, and to Sharon Rowell, who originally came up with the double and triple-chambered ocarina designs that have inspired me."

Teresa Sugg

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