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 #2 - Unknown Collector
Oregon exhibitions in which these works have or are presently on display, including in the pages of journals: