Artist's Statement

Turtles have been swimming the oceans and rivers or walking over the forest and desert floors pretty much unchanged for 200 million years. Their vitality inspires me. 

Looking into a turtle's eyes offers me a view into the primordial life. 

I hope these ceramic turtle sculptures  can in some small way help  protect living turtles from harm or even extinction. 

There are 333 species of turtles and tortoises in the world. My goal is to replicate each one of these wonderful animals with clay and glazes.

Mark Muhich, 2017