These pieces are intended to highlight precious life forms living on the sea bed and margins of the oceans . The Clam, the Oyster and the Chiton who being filter feeders rely on clean water to thrive. These life forms are often harvested before they can reach maturity and with the acidification of the oceans their shells are becoming thinner and less resilient to attack.
This trio was designed and made during the first COVID-19 lockdown in the spring of 2020. The pieces called Calm Waters, Ripple and Maelstrom are a subconscious reaction to the turbulent times.
Working with glass frits and sheet glass. These pieces look at the dappled reflections on the ocean.
Inspired by Sand
Vessels portraying the crystalline qualities of sand and the colours of a coastline. The layers of frit mirroring a cliff side which reveals sediments long hidden from the surface; most dramatically a black layer suggesting a long forgotten fire perhaps.
In some I use contours of a coast to suggest the transition from waters edge to beach to soil and vegetation.
Transient Isle Series
The starting point for these works was an oyster and the island where it lived and died. I developed my designs around the layering and ageing of the shell and the changes to the island over time. The work responds to the 'ever shifting' sands, mans' interventions, the lifecycle of the beach and the textures of the coastline.