Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Whales Ahead!

Out of a life-long fascination for the life of and on the sea, a couple of years ago I created the Whale Cup. I used a salt white glaze on the outside, Hell Fire Red on the inside, then storied it with antique illustrations. This inspired a series of beads based on the sea, in particular, WHALES!

So far these have been created in limited editions and by special requests. I'm currently at the cabin working on making more - I'll be introducing these and other ocean-themed beads in my shop in a few weeks...

You may ask, what is the source of the fascination for the sea, in particular, for the history of sea-faring navigation? Easy - my father. My dad was a navigator in the air force (from the pre-computer days when they literally "shot" stars through a tiny astrodome in the top of the plane). He has always loved the water, sailing, and tales of the sea. I include here a photo of my dad teaching my daughter Audrey to pilot a sailboat.


  1. Okay, that whale cup is totally awesome!

    I keep meaning to order from your shop! You had so many gorgeous things that I couldn't decide between, so I was going to come back and order some of what I didn't get... but I still haven't used the ones I have >.< I've been hoarding them :) I did use the little bird charm.. then took the bracelet apart and returned him to the hoard lol I just can't let myself order more until I use at least one of the ones I've ordered from you... and when I do, I think I'll be arguing with myself over which of your sea themed items to order :)I loved some of your squid/octopus pendants that resemble your mug up there! You should do more like that only with ship's wheels, lighthouses, all that yummy stuff :D

    1. Skye - I will be making more vintage illustration pendants, with exactly the types of images you mentioned! Great minds think alike. ;-)

  2. Thank you for sharing this snippet of your family and how it has influenced your work.
    I am going to have to get me one of those adorable whale beads!