Wonderful Heart Pendant

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Heart Pendant

Wonderful Heart Pendant

Heart Pendant! One word describes this piece….Stunning!!! The sterling silver heart is intertwined with a tree of life that is hand forged and contains a freshwater moon pearl! An 18”sterling silver box linked chain included. The perfect gift for Valentine’s Day! We just received a shipment at the retail store and they are beautiful! Hint away!!!

Tree of Life Jewelry

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Tree of Life Jewelry

Tree of Life Jewelry

Tree of Life Jewelry!!! We have a wide selection of beautiful jewelry featuring the Tree of Life! So excited about our new line by, Alicia Randazzo, it arrives next week at the retail store!

Artisan Batter Bowls

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Artisan Batter Bowls

Artisan Batter Bowls

Batter up!!! Whip up those morning pancakes the fancy way with one of these beautiful handmade batter bowls! We are open at 9:00 a.m. this week, plenty of time to get home in time for breakfast!

Awesome Coffee Mug

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Awesome Coffee Mug

Awesome Coffee Mug

Looking for some unique last minute gifts? How about this “awesome” coffee mug? We’ve got you covered at Gifts A GoGo! We have hundreds of handcrafted items from artisans all over the USA! We’ll even gift wrap your purchase!

Squirrel Earrings

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Squirrel Earrings

Squirrel Earrings

Squirrel Earrings! Still have some last minute shopping to do? These squirrels are ready for the Holidays with their fancy Swarovski crystal accents. A new arrival at the retail store! There are many styles to choose from! We are open today from 9:00a.m.- 9:00p.m.

Trick-or-Treat at Gifts A GoGo

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Trick-or-Treat

Trick-or-Treat!!! Did someone say candy? Bring the kids on over to The Streets of Tanasbourne this Saturday, October 29th!!! Trick or Treating is from 1:00-3:00. Stop by Gifts A GoGo we have lots of treats, a sugared up staff, a Halloween Giveaway and some fantastic specials going on all day!!! See you there!!!

Tari Zarka’s Vision made Reality

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“[The AAOTE team] works for the improvement of the whole…[and] towards making [their] passions into [their] full-time jobs”.

 

Originally created in 2004, AAOTE or “Aspiring Artists of the Earth” was realized by Tari Zarka. It largely focuses on products that are made in the USA, but more specifically in Bucks County, PA. They have an array of products ranging from sculptures to jewelry and even local honey. AAOTE prides itself in providing artisan products for all types of customers from the budget shoppers to the more affluent buyers. The team is composed of artisans, crafters, writers, and muses- who collectively strive to integrate what they love to do with their everyday lives. “[The AAOTE team] works for the improvement of the whole…[and] towards making [their] passions into [their] full-time jobs.”

“We are not only a place for clients to find the perfect gift or artwork for their home, but we are a place where artists can gather and inspire one another.” -Tari Zarka

 

They started out from very humble beginnings, spending most of their time traveling to street fairs and art exhibitions. In 2007, they opened up their first storefront in Pennsylvania. To sum up the ambiance of AAOTE the owner Tari Zarka stated, “We are not only a place for clients to find the perfect gift or artwork for their home, but we are a place where artists can gather and inspire one another.” In the future, they are looking to offer art classes, open studios, and other types of community building events.

Fun fact: The wooden pendants can be used for aromatherapy purposes by dropping essential oils onto the wood, which will then slowly absorb the color and diffuse the scent.

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The Art of Raku Pottery

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What is Raku pottery?

For those of us who have not been exposed to this form of artistic expression, the term sounds very foreign. The term Raku is used to describe a unique pottery technique that originated from Japan and represents their Zen philosophy, which emphasizes humility and naturalness. It was first practiced as a method of creating pieces that were to be used in the tea ceremonies.

Raku means “enjoyment”. More specifically, it represents freedom and it is more so viewed as an art as opposed to pieces of utility. The overarching belief is that the artist’s spirit will become a part of the artwork they created.

The Raku Process

The pots are first glazed and placed in a kiln at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. If the pot remains in tact after this shock and doesn’t explode, it is immediately transferred to an airtight container filled with flammable materials like sawdust or leaves. Shortly thereafter, some artists will submerge the pot in cold water to end the process. According to the Zen Masters, the Raku process represents enlightened life because it survives through the cycle of earth, water, air, and above all fire.

Adapting to Western Culture

It wasn’t until the late 1950s that the western world became enthralled with this new method of pottery and began adapting it to western culture. In contrast with the Japanese Raku designs, which are characterized by modest designs on handmade bowls, Americans tended to gravitate towards creating more vibrant bowls, vases, and sculptures. Although some stick to the traditional form of Raku pottery, molding their bowls by hand, most Americans incorporate throwing wheels.

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