Totem and Other Owls

1  Private collection of Nora R., Miami, Florida. 2  Private collection of Marie and Webster W., Homestead, Florida.  This piece is about 4.5' tall.  The eyes of the owls are flattened glass pieces from the Kokomo Opalescent Glass company in Kokomo, Indiana.  The bellies of the owls are a combination of glass and glaze.  The "necklaces" were created with the end of a stick of bamboo while the brows were made with a piece of styrofoam. 3  Collection of the Homestead Town Hall Museum.  This piece is an early one - from the late 1960s.  It was made by Tom Blakley. 4  Collection of Alan and Donna F., Palm City, Florida.  15.5" x 8.5".  These owls were made in the mid-1960s because they were made with red clay.  Also interesting is that the signature plaque is rectangular and "BLAKLEY" is spelled out.  This dates the piece to the early days, before the "MB" button came into use in the early 1970s.   Another point is that the bellies of the owls are glazed and not cut out and filled with glass fragments, as the later owls were.
5  Collection of Alan and Donna F., Palm City, Florida. 17.5" tall by 7.5" wide.  This is also an early piece because of the signature plaque, the face of the owl and the fact that the eyes appear to be a mixture of glaze and glass.  The belly is carved out but it also appears to be a mixture of glass and glaze. 6 Owl  Collection of Ann Maree W., Homestead, Florida Totem Owl : Blakely piece 2