Otter totems

I’m going to an otter congress. Don’t laugh. It’s a congress for otter specialists, but we call it otter congress. No, otters will not be flying in from the whole world…. HUMANS interested in otters will!

Anyway, I discovered that there was going to be a silent auction and that participants were required to bring something. So I sat down and thought. A few weeks passed, and then, after a long period of thinking, one evening I found myself home, at the table, with a bag of clay.

This is what happened.


First I tried with a standing otter, but that didn’t work. It was too…forced. What came out with the next two pieces was sleeping otters. Much better.


Then I tried with a more “ottery” approach to the sleeping position… Otters are known to sleep in the most inelegant ways!


And then I tried a sea otter mummy with a tiny, tiny little baby. I wasn’t completely satisfied, so I finished my otter-making session.


Two days later when the clay had completely dried (not very difficult here in Madrid), I started painting.


Turns out, otters are extremely easy to paint!


I like them a little more now that they’re painted. Just a little, though.


These three are my favourites!


Here’s one, varnished about to be wrapped up.


All packed in a beautiful little box, made special by my sister’s brilliant Christmas present (the ribbon with “made with love” written on it).


All six in their boxes…. Ready for Rio!


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I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.


  1. La mia preferita è la mamma lontra con il lontrino. In ogni caso, they’ll love them all! Bon voyage!


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