Asian Ritual Objects

Willa's work is inspired by living and working in Asia, particularly in Cambodia, Japan, Burma and India. Her ceramic sculptures are reflections of the sacred— Buddhist ritual, and the architecture of the numinous. The impetus for these sculptures include: the whisk used in the Japanese tea ceremony to turn chartreuse powdered tea into a frothy foam; the vajra or dorje of Tibetan Buddhist tradition, considered a symbol of the indestructible nature of truth; and the stupa or tope, a gigantic bell or dome-like mound which holds devotional relics. 


Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangoon, Burma

These stupas were inspired by the gigantic dome-shaped structures erected as Buddhist shrines that Willa saw in Cambodia, Burma and Thailand.

Silver & Gold Stupa


Japanese Whisk #1; in the collection of Lynn M. Newman

Some or all of these ceramic works have been on display in the following galleries or “exhibited” in journals:

Sacred Circle Gallery

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center Gallery

Guardino Gallery 

Calyx: A Journal of Art & Literature by Women