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Materials: Stoneware with oxide wash.

Measurements: Pillow 9” long & 7” wide, head 5” long.


Note: The “Pillow” can be used as a paper napkin holder or paperweight. You can have your own message/names/initials etc. on the pillow. Eight characters max on both lines please.


Artist\'s Comments [Click to show/hide]

While attending elementary school in Finland way back in the 60's, girls were required to take handicraft classes. One of the projects was to embroider our initials on a pillowcase. Being awkward and clumsy with my hands, I used a thick thread with a gigantic needle and went over my initials many times to be sure they would show. During her rounds, my teacher stopped by my desk and -trying to hide her smile- said; “Pirjo, if I were you, I wouldn't sleep on the pillowcase because it will scare your face for life.” On the hind side the humiliating incident turned out to be a good one; turning bad experiences into positive ones became my life philosophy.”

About the Artist [Click to show/hide]

Pirjo Polari-Khan

I was born in Seinajoki, Finland.  In my family there were artists, writers and musician so art became a way of life to me from an early age. I wasn't good in handicrafts at school so It even surprises me that I chose ceramics as my career. At school my mind was always somewhere else making up stories and I became a straight A writer. After the graduation from high school I wanted to pursue a career as a journalist but didn’t get in the School of Journalism that year. Instead I travelled to England to work in a family as an Au Pair, as was fashionable in the 70’s. I stayed to study Ceramic at The Polytechnic of Wolverhampton. After graduating 1980 I moved back to Finland and established my own studio. I produced mainly traditional earthenware pottery in my Dad's garage to pay off my student loan.

Moving to California in winter 1980 had a dramatic impact on the direction of my art; functional and traditional pottery-making gave way to sculptures and wearable art. I convey my ideas and feelings through hand-build forms with a preference for a natural unglazed surface, accenting them with glazes and other materials such as bronze and glass.

During my career, my pottery skills and passion for sculpting have merged into objects that share concepts creating “functional sculptures”. The human connection with the environment is the main focus of my present work. Surrealism also has influenced the personification of nature in my sculptures. I draw ideas from Finnish mythology, European and Egyptian god/goddess cultures -for my humorous, modern-day Venus figures- and from artifacts of ingenious people of New Mexico.



Name: Pillow
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