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Cluster of Sea Stars

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Ponderosa Designs is a small Vancouver Island company producing exact ceramic replicas of starfish since 1994. Our ceramic sea stars continue to be a favorite souvenir to Pacific North West coast visitors. Our studio is located in Nanoose Bay near Parksville, BC, Canada, which is known for it's spectacular Rathtrevor Beach.

These delightful keepsakes are produced by Elaine Bohm who has had a facination for sea creatures since an early age. Her inspiration comes from beachcombing, kayaking or ventures in their cabin cruiser named "Heartbeat" to quiet coves and nearby islands in the Georgia Strait.

After retiring from a long career in health care as a registered nurse Elaine is now enjoying life in the idyllic setting of the Oceanside area. Her enduring passion for sea stars and the pleasure in knowing that her pieces have found their way into homes around the world from Iran & Turkey to our southern neighbors.

An original creature was used to create a mold from which these individual 3 dimensional ceramic sea stars are created. These life size ceramic pieces are then produced by slip casting. The greenware is kiln fired to bisque then hand glazed by brush before the second firing in the kiln.