This is a signed clay abstract sculpture by Tom Kerrigan. It shows the outline of a nude man (on both sides) rising out of the sea and 2 fish heads on either side of the piece like handles. The piece is made of white clay then coated with a black stain and the images are then scratched through the black stain to show the white clay, the piece is then fired. It's a one of a kind. The words on the base of the sculpture say;
"The Messanger Arose In Silence Out Of The Raging Sea"
Tom taught at the University of Minnesota for 25 years before moving to Arizona, where he has maintained a studio nearly 20 years. He has taught, exhibited his work, and served as an artist in residence throughout the US, as well as in Latvia, China, Uzbekistan, Australia, Canada and Mexico. His work has been highlighted in recent years in Ceramics: Art and Perception and Ceramics Monthly, and he is in great demand hosting workshops throughout the country frequently.