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Lions have been potent symbols of protection for millennium.

In Chinese tradition Shi Shi placed inside or outside a building are meant to protect your home or workplace from negative energy. It is said these guardian lions will stop anyone with malicious intent from entering your home.

I have a great affinity with lions... the lion is my spirit animal, aside from being a Leo, I have always thought of lions as protectors, it makes sense, I was born in London where the lion has a strong presence.

Our Shishizie  reflect our broad cultural background at Tufts.  A European tradition, with British, along with a Malaysian Chinese heritage. This work reflects this our encounters with dogs, lions, deities in our travels of the world.

Shishizie are made in our Melbourne studio. Each piece is unique with its own characteristics and personality.   Each lion is handcrafted by us in our studio from local materials.

Tufts makes ceramics that reflect our interpretation of the world. Our shishizie are decorative ceramic, each a unique handcrafted sculpture, but they also fulfill a purpose in providing a talisman of protection.

These pieces form a body of work to launched early 2018. For further information and enquiries regarding purchase please contact us  ingrid@ingridtufts.com