Pocket Potholder - Killer Whale
Artist: Bill Helin
Pocket potholder with Tea towel featuring Killer whale motif.
Designed by Tsimshian artist Bill Helin.
Made in Canada.
This Pocket Potholder is a functional kitchen piece which serves as a potholder and heat protective mitt in one. It also carries a beautiful matching 100% cotton jacquard tea towel with a bold design and modern colours to match modern kitchens.
The killer whale is the lord of the oceans and a symbol of long life. It is believed that great chiefs turn into killer whales when they pass on into the nether world.
About The Artist
Tsimshian Norwegian artist Bill Helin (WeLaaxumYout) was born in Prince Rupert B.C. in 1960. He began working as an artist in 1979, creating traditional Tsimshian wood carvings, jewelry and painting.
His art has ranged from creating large wood projects such as the 40 foot Ravensong Canoe in 1993 and working on the world's largest totem pole in 1994 to the illustration of a range of children's books
Bill has also worked with NASA and the Canadian Space Agency to create mission patches for astronauts and related educational materials.