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Here’s a riddle for you.

Q: When does a vegetarian clay artist smell like a smoked ham? A: When she has been raku firing 40 carved tiles (cough, cough).

Another Grandman Triathlon has come and gone, and this year I based the trophy design on a variation of host organization Mobile Baykeeper’s distinctive heron logo. The result was simple and clean; I think it might be my favorite of the past five years’ raku race tiles. What do you think?

Due to the Gulf oil spill (and the fact that Mobile Baykeeper’s mission is to protect our coastal watershed) this year’s race was especially poignant. And especially newsworthy, apparently: it was covered in the New York Times.