"Our pursuit of excellence begins with our facililites. A 16th Century Japanese-style anagama kiln, a wood-firing train kiln, soda and salt atmostpheric gas kilns, 2 Minnesota flat top gas kilns, a pit kiln, raku kilns and over a dozen electric kilns provide the member artists of SPCC a complete array of firing possibilities. Along with our kilns, our members have acess to all studio equipment including slab-rollers, extruders, work and wedging tables, clay mixers and an expansive glaze mixing area all contained in an historic 1920s train depot."
As I was leaving the house I drove by a huge turtle or tortoise -- so far I am not able to identify the species although it had sort of a box design. The shell was not hard and the animal was about 1.5 feet in length. Every time I search for turtle Sarasota I get restaurant listings or sea turtle sites.
ID is Trionyx ferox