Living in New England we are sort of obsessed with whales. Our whaling capitals and museums are filled with history and lore--as whale hunting and harvesting was once a major industry in the colonies. Today whales are now valued for their sheer majesty.
So being a minimalist, I kept searching for the perfect iconic whale object. This is when I came across Tilla's wonderful work. What drew her into ceramics was the intention to make functional pots. Pots for every day use. Functionality is her first focus. The mug is wheel thrown porcelain, which is demanding in the process, and very rewarding with its brilliance and durability in the end.
She likes to keep shapes simple. But decoration is no less important to Tilla, than form. She draws directly on the mug after bisque firing. Drawing almost like she would on paper. The fire leaves a final mark on the drawing, that is not entirely predictable. Making each whale one-of-a-kind, some more menacing than others.
We like showing these in pairs, as they visually show the whale as a whole.
handmade: somerville, MASSACHUSETTS
material: hand-painted porcelain
dimensions: approx. 3.5" top x 4"tall" x 4 bottom"