After many years of working as a production potter, supplying the local area with mugs, bowls, pie plates and more, Molly Saunders has shifted into a new phase as an artist with her bird and animal sculpture.
The loon whistle shows the natural evolution of Molly's work - after making bird sculpture for years, she was taking a class on Pre-Columbian clay flutes and realized the sound they made was evocative of the loons in Maine. Upon returning home, she applied the clay flute techniques to her loon sculpture and the first Wayne Village Pottery loon whistles were born.
All sculptures are thrown on the wheel from Maine 'blue' clay, dug out of our back field.
This whistle, made with love, celebrates the unique sounds of loons and their beautiful shapes and black and white patterns. The call of a loon on a moonlit night, often growing into a chorus, is the sound and soul of Maine's lakes.
Loons have different calls:
The wail communicates across long distances and seems to be saying, "Here I am! Where are you u u u?" Wails can have one, two, or three notes and seem to vary with each loon.
The laughing call, the tremolo, sounds the alarm. When you hear the tremolo, it means the loon is threatened, and you should give it some distance. The loon may be protecting a nearby nest or chick. A loon will also make a big display, calling and flapping its wings, to lure you away from its chick. Loons also sound the tremolo when they are flying.
How to play your loon whistle:
The play the wail, put your finger over the hole and blow. Then lift your finger to play the higher note: replace your finger to lower again: ooooo OOO oo!
To play the tremolo, do a fluttering pant while you blow; lift your finger to play the call up, then down: ha ha ha ha ha HA HA HA ha.
5"L X 3"W X 3.5"H
All loon whistles come packaged with a descriptive/instructive brochure.
Each sculpture is crafted by hand. Because of this, no two are exactly alike.