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zenguin cups - set of 4

by Patricia Carlin
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  • the story

Beak Calm

Waddle towards Nirvana with the help of the Zenguin Master. The perfect balance of contemplation and humor, these Zenguins bring their own South Pole point of view to daily meditation, albeit slightly tongue-in-beak. Small Japanese-style tea cups encourage smaller sips and peaceful reflection.

Set of four includes:

meditate: what is the sound of one flipper flapping?

be: do not fear the shark if your feathers are dry.

breathe: if the ice cracks and no one is there to hear it does it make a sound?

fly: flight is not confined to the sky.

Designed by Patricia Carlin in partnership with UncommonGoods. Cup is made in China. Printed in Virginia. USA.

Click here to see the back of the blue, teal, purple, and green.

Each porcelain cup features a white glaze which may have slight surface variations due to the glaze process used.

Exclusively at UncommonGoods.

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3.5" H, 8 oz.
Hand-wash recommended. Microwave safe.
  • the maker
Patricia Carlin

Patricia Carlin

Patricia started out as an art director in Philadelphia, selling everything from potato chips to financial products. In 2001, a friend wanted help launching a glassware business. Patricia designed several product lines for the new venture.

"We couldn't afford a writer at first, so I wrote my own copy for the glasses," Patricia says.

Despite the August 2001 launch, the business did well, and Patricia found herself designing a range of tabletop products.

When Red Wheel Weiser Conari Press noticed the glassware at a gift show, they saw book potential. With their help, Patricia produced two books: "Glam Girl" and "Geeky Girl".

Patricia has explored many techniques in her illustration, but simple line drawing appeals to her most.

"For me paring things down to their simplest essence is always the best way to understand them," she says. "After I had my daughter I rediscovered the power these little sketches have to tell a story. Drawing was a fun way to communicate without language."

Patricia is inspired by Ikko Tanaka, Adrian Tomine and Diane Arbus. She has won many awards for her design work and is the author of "How to Tell If Your Boyfriend is the Antichrist: And if he is, should you break up with him?"

She comes from a long line of RockStar Moms, and aspires to that status on a daily basis. collection

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