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Baleia Blu Ceramics

Handmade by Adette Contreras in Brooklyn, NY. Inspired by a big blue whale and our little blue planet.


What's In a Name

What's In a Name

But what will I call it? Anything that causes this much joy in me must have a name. So, now I'm scheming. So many ideas, but the one rising to the top is taken from a new tattoo, my blue whale.

The tattoo was inspired by a recurring dream I've had since I was a kid, which has since then been a great trigger for lucid dreaming, because he's so familiar to me now. He's my blue whale. And that feeling of awe is such a rush, such an incredible feeling. With my 10 year anniversary of living in New York coming up in July, I've noticed how easy it is to forget that feeling of awe, of being impressed. Being here wears that down, and you forget the magic that happens every day. I refuse to forget. So I decided to get another tattoo earlier this year, one that's very visible. One that will remind me in everything I do, to acknowledge the awe, to be present in the magic–whether it's someplace new, something I'm creating, someone new that I've met, there's something remarkable about all of it. Something. And constantly being in a rush to run to the next meeting, the next event, the next dinner will cause me to miss out on so much good.

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So La Baleine Bleue is the current working title. Inspired by the largest creature on our little blue planet. Inspired by that feeling of awe. The feeling of being so small–and yet so big–all at the same time. That feeling that magic is real, and it's staring you in the face every day, whether or not you choose to acknowledge it.

Preliminary ideas and sketches. Thinking it would be cool to glaze the foot of each piece with a deep, dark ocean blue.
Preliminary ideas and sketches. Thinking it would be cool to glaze the foot of each piece with a deep, dark ocean blue.
The beginning of an idea...
The beginning of an idea...
A Mistake

A Mistake

Marbling

Marbling

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