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Atlantic Butt Pitcher
10.5" x 6.5"
A she-pot with stature and provenance from the deep sea at 33° 44' north, 57°36' west at 4,583 meters water depth. Top third is the sediment glaze. Interior and exterior glazes assembled from refined materials. Seaglass thumbwell.
Shaped and then stretched into feminine asymmetry.
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.
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.
Earth's Pushing & Pulling
"Converging diverging . . . spreading ridge here. Fissuring folding friction subducting there. Tectonics. Central creatures framed by chattered area of Mid-Atlantic Ridge rock slurry (diverging plates) framed by a band from Costa Rican accretionary prism (converging plates). Copper green and matte white and lavender glazes assembled from refined materials.
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 Ridge Above & Below Sea Level
From a Seasonal Pool in Antarctica
While I glazed the sound of the word "polynya" (Russian for pool) kept rolling off my mouth in the various dialects I imagined from my Russian ancestors. Read scientist's words about the feeding frenzy of sea mammals at this polynya.
Chopping the seaglass, picking the right brush, and every other movement I make while glazing -- all seem to set loose some grace that pleases me. Why should it not be beautiful? This brown sediment glaze from a seasonal pool in Antarctica is what potter's call a "saturated iron" glaze. Center is copper green glaze framed by blue sea glass. White matte and lavender rim assembled from refined materials.
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.
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.
New Zealand & Woods Hole ~ Spreading & Colliding
Across continents, across time zones, the world upside-down, two cohorts find each other and co-create; his form, her glazes. Earth's glazes -- Gaia's glazes. Mid-Atlantic Ridge rock and accretionary prism sediment from Costa Rican area. Thanks to Brian Gartside.
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.