Aloha Aina

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Aloha Aina
Aloha Aina
Aloha Aina
Aloha Aina
Aloha Aina
Aloha Aina
Aloha Aina
Aloha Aina
Aloha Aina
Aloha Aina
Aloha Aina
Aloha Aina

Aloha Aina

$1,100.00 USD Sale Save

Large porcelain moon jar with wild clay from the peak of Mt. Soledad, seated at the edge of the La Jolla Tide Pools in CA.

Vessel surface spread with the calcilinious dust of pteropods (sea butterflies) that settled to the bottom of the ocean millions of years ago off the coast of San Diego, Ca.

Collected in push cores by The Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

Photo of pteropod by researcher, Alexander Semenov.

18 x 23 cm

 

Material Background:

At the bottom of the deep sea, clays, ashes, the remnants of once thriving marine populations and mysterious sediments are studied by oceanographers to learn about our oceans. These sediments are special, timely, expensive to recover, and meticulously transported and organized. 

For the first time in history, (that we can find) these sediments are undergoing utilization as a ceramic art material. After months of research at the highly esteemed Scripps Institute of Oceanography, I have commenced in further testing, and reusing of these precious materials so that the public has a poignant and beautiful way to access them.

A deep rich red clay that has withstood the test of time, blown from continents hundreds of miles away, mixing with past volcanic eruptions and the fallen endoskeletons of the millions of small creatures living in the sea- now able to be touched, felt and admired by an art lover, outside of a research vessel.

These sediments give us valuable information about the landscape of our oceans in the long term, carbon dating weather patterns from millions of years ago, tracking changes in the marine environment and its complex relationship with our lives above water.

Pieces from this collection were displayed at the new Scripps Marine Conservation and Technology Facility in Nov, 2023. You can read more about these sediments on the "Long Format" page.