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Burn Sage to Open a Window In Time
Roberto Varga said that his people ".... Burned sage to open up a window into time so that the ancestors and the unborn children could be present."
Read the back image.From east of Virginia, 4,500 meters of water depth.
Glacier Bay Alaska - Four Inlets Named
This mixture of sediments from Glacier bay is gritty when it's unfired -- so gritty that I can hear a scraping sound as the material flows off my brush but then, in the kiln, it smooths out into this.
Namibian Rock Reports Ice at Equator
Says, "Snowball Earth a time and a place when 635 million years ago global glaciation says this melted Namibian rock." The rock slurry was applied thickly inside and thinly outside. The stoneware clay interacted with clay during firing and colored the glaze as it branched into rivulets. Rim and foot of glaze assembled from refined materials.
Mid-Atlantic Spreading Ridge
The back has a continuous band of writing, including what came to me with the material. See more about the material used, known among geologists as the Kane Fracture Zone.
The Dark Cemetary - Ocean as Womb and Tomb
Of all sediment samples I've tried, the sediment on this rim is close to my favorite because it has a matte brown leathery look that allows each foram to suspend in it and speckle yellow from its shell that gives me goose-bumps while I reflect on the vitality that once emanated from the shell's pores. An odd kind of friendship, I know. And about the same time I was experiencing this life-changing transition, I saw an article in the New York Times about the ocean being a "womb and tomb". These vast cycles of space and time are a comfort to my sense that contemporary life is chaotic.
Not a bowl you appreciate for dramatic color! Interior sediment from Brazil Margin, rim from Ceara Rise, west of Africa.
Five Sea Sampler
!5" x 15" x 2"
Poured samples from Mediterranean, Indian, Atlantic, Pacific Oceans and Bering Sea melted, labeled and in a few places, fused with matte glaze assembled from refined materials.
Crater Ash from Iceland
7" wide x 4" high
On porcelain clay, the crunchy ash I picked up from a crater in Iceland, I spread onto the clay as granules bound in a volatile synthetic wax that burned out in the kiln. The "fireball' color was a gift of the firing, as it caused a rutile slip to tell a story about heat.
The lavender rim is a glaze I assembled from refined materials.
Earth's Pushing & Pulling
13" x 2"
"Converging diverging . . . spreading ridge here. Fissuring folding friction subducting there. Tectonics." Central two-fish area is framed by a chattered area of Mid-Atlantic Ridge rock slurry (diverging plates) framed by a band from Costa Rican accretionary prism (converging plates). Copper green glaze in center and matte white and lavender glaze on rim were assembled from refined materials.
Titanic: Size of a Large Egg
This was a test from a very small sample that I was given by an electrical engineer who scraped the sediment of the robotic pincers of a biologist's sample. The brown glaze is the sediment and three bowls and this are all I ever made from it (2 to the engineer and one to Bob Ballard as a thank you from WHOI when he delivered a keynote in Woods Hole). Blue glaze assembled from refined materials.
Mediterranean Exit of Rhone
6" high x 1.75" x 1.75"
Dipped into sediment from the Mediterranean, words describing the event there say, "Outgassing made geoclutter". Blue glaze assembled from refined materials.
Mid-Atlantic Ridge Above & Below Sea Level
Glacier Bay Alaska — Four Inlets
The chatter-patterned clay fired once made a surface that received the sediment thick in to low parts and thin in the high places. Click for larger images to read the words---naming the four inlets of Muir, McBride, John Hopkins and Reid.