My last one became somewhat of an obsession. I was determined to find a small white Pollo vase by Tapio Wirkkala. Some of you are thinking, "What's the big deal? Those turn up all the time." And you're right. They do. But I wanted to find one on eBay or Etsy (because I don't have the patience for estate sales or thrift stores), and I wanted to find one in perfect condition for under $50 (a number I pulled out of thin air). That made the quest a little more challenging, but I finally found one, which is now sitting pretty on a shelf in my bathroom, along with a Kingfisher, also by Wirkkala, and a beautiful glass bird that looks very much like a Dino Martens piece...although I haven't been able to verify that yet.
What does someone who is slightly obsessive do when there's nothing to obsess about? That's simple. She turns to her friends, who helpfully point out new and more elusive items to chase. This time, the wonderful Pippa of Ouch Flower put me onto my newest pursuit: an Arabia of Finland ceramic bird by Howard Smith.
Make that two birds. I want one in white, as well as one in black. And I want them for considerably less than $200+, which seems to be the going price these days.
|White bird by Howard Smith for Arabia of Finland|
ebay.com - vital_forms
|Black bird by Howard Smith for Arabia of Finland|
These come in different colors and different poses, but the forward-looking black and white ones, which stand 8.5" tall and 9" long, are what I want...although I have to admit that some of the others are delightful.
|ebay.com - walkingtan|
So let the hunt begin! It may take a while, but someday two of these birds will join my growing collection.