For her birthday, the Nosy Diva AKA Miss Birdy K., received a unique Bocarina™ from Mr. Chris Schuermans. It's a clay nose flute, made of only one type of clay, the one that Chinese masters use for making teapots. I think/guess it's Yixing clay (Chris, please, could you confirm/infirm?), the famous "purple" clay (Zisha 紫砂 /Zi Ni 紫泥) that is the best for making teaware.
But more than that, the flute was stamped by metal punches in order to draw beautiful flowers and patterns. This was the path to a really unique and awesome Bocarina™.
Now, here is the Nosy Diva's comment :
« This very special bocarina of a rare unglazed chinese clay is as beautiful as it is difficult to play. It requires very precise positioning and easily refuses to play - a real diva! Likewise the intonation: in general, intonation on the nose flute is difficult, but for this baby it is even harder, especially when you have bigger steps between the notes. But you are rewarded by a very clear and straight sound that takes a while to develop but gets more and more beautiful the more you play. Since you must be extremely precise it is also quite educative...
The material and the pattern on it is really beautiful..
Thanks very much to Chris Schuermans for this rare and beautiful instrument! »
And a (short) sound sample to please us: