Temple Dragon

(Date unknown)

The Temple Dragon is inspired by the rich culture and tradition of Buddhist philosophy. The art and architecture of this lineage is deliberate, understated, and profound.

The intent is to portray the essence, without distraction. Every line, shape and surface is painstakingly refined to be no more and no less than the intended meaning. All parts work together in harmony. Unity becomes agreement of purpose. Harmony is balance and with balance there is serenity.

The Temple Dragon is not a dragon. It is all dragons. It is the thought of Dragon. It is the Dragon within us, in an expression of perfection. Every aspect of this design is focused on its simple elegant position. It has found harmony, perfectly balanced, a complicated feat of agility appears effortless.



Dragon Rings Designed in Sterling Silver designed in 2006 and 2013


Dragon Fly Pendant Designed in 1984

(can be hung or worn)

The pendent is a dragon-fly intent on catching mosquitoes.



Dragon Egg Designed in 1996

(Fire spirit can be hung or worn)

Dragons have a long and impressive history. They usually appear as scaly reptilian
creatures of impressive size and ferocity. They can breathe fire and some fly as well.
Dragons have different temperaments. Many are malevolent predators or guardians of forbidden places.
Others are harbingers of good luck. It is generally agreed; however, that they are distinctly individual.
No two dragons are alike. Except! They all begin as eggs.
When first laid, the egg, is silvery gray and looks like any other egg.
But not for long. It soon darkens and develops spots and patches.
The spots swell and harden into scales. Bumps appear in strategic places.
These grow in sizes and character as they form horns and claws.
Wrinkles enlarge to form flaps, which in turn become fins and wings.
Bony plates soon cover the underside and a tail grows down the center.
The egg becomes active and noisy. It delights in rocking, tossing, squeaking,
purring, writhing, growling, snapping… Even a very young dragon is wary and not to be trifled with.

The egg’s interior is even stranger than the outside.
It is a cavernous chamber, supported by a fibrous network.
A tiny copy of what the dragon will become is imprinted on the upper surface, sort of a blueprint.
As the dragon develops it becomes what it thinks itself to be, and the image disappears.
The fire organ takes up most of the central chamber.
It is, indeed, the essence of the dragon. Some say it is independent of the beast in
which it resides and fly’s off when a dragon dies.
A dragon egg never hatches.
When it matures, it is a dragon.
It simply walks, swims or flys away.


The Dragon Box Designed in 2001

The Dragon Box is two inches tall. This dragon is actually quite long, but when sleeping it is all
curled up and closed so you don’t recognize it. The dragon here is waking up and beginning to
unravel. It has the usual attitude, which is even more evident when you open the lid to see its
inner ferocity in the form of a gaping mouth with big teeth. A teeny dragon is nested inside and
can be removed .


Flying Dragon Designed in 2003

(Story Currently Unknown)


Stealth Dragon Designed in 2007

The stealth dragon is a quick, curious dragon.
It has an unusual head with large winglike
ears and three rows of tiny horns.
Face on it appears to be small and not
very threatening. Not to be fooled, like all dragons they still bite.


Big Flying Dragon Designed in 2007

(Story Currently Unknown)


Dragon Cannon Designed in 2011

(Story Currently Unknown)

The full design was just recently finished and featured at the Deerfield Massachusetts Craft fair.  We acquired his first one he made at the Deerfield Fair and the second one he made we purchased at the Paradise City Art Festival in Northampton Massachusetts. We currently own the first two he has made.




Dragon Micros




** Some stories from Dan Riccio’s website http://www.danielriccio.com **