Oceans Floor

$950.00 USD Sale Save
Oceans Floor
Oceans Floor
Oceans Floor
Oceans Floor

Oceans Floor

$950.00 USD Sale Save

A lidded porcelain moon jar adorned with a Pacific Coast oyster shell and a magnesium nodule. Rare and highly valued, magnesium nodules are composed of a precious metal, on that over millions of years, rolls along the sea floor collecting minerals. This magnesium nodule, functioning as a lid handle, is reminiscent in texture to a volcanic stone, the gold center visible from the outside.

The surface of the porcelain is rolled in three varieties of deep sea clay, imitating the physical motion of the magnesium nodules development. The colors are indicative of the sea kelp rinsed and burned to turn the oceanic clays into glazes.

13 x 20cm

 

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.