People ask: Why should I care about the ocean?

Because the ocean is the cornerstone of earth's life support system, it shapes climate and weather. It holds most of life on earth. 97% of earth's water is there. It's the blue heart of the planet - we should take care of our heart. It's what makes life possible for us. – Dr. Sylvia Earle

La Mer series of the Wild Life work focuses on life of the ocean. The ceramic sculptures embody marine species ranging from tiny glistening single cell organism to earth's largest blue whale.

Examining the bioluminescent creatures of the deep abyss as well as the complex structures of phytoplankton of the sunlit layer, this series brings to light the intricate biodiversity with which we and all life depend. Diatoms, the delicate and mighty microscopic beauties housed in silica, alone provide a quarter of the planet’s oxygen. They also make firing ceramic work possible for the kiln bricks are composed of diatomaceous earth, the siliceous ooze consisting of the remains of diatoms on the ocean floor. The glass architecture of diatoms is the same material making the shine in the glaze as well as particulates in clay.

True to the nature of each species, the La Mer work plays with form and the contributions of each life. All adapt into the convex shield structure ranging from 3"-20" but the single cells in particular are sculpted as they appear under the microscope. This body features the single cell organisms with a bow to Ernst Haeckel.

Celebrating the extraordinary aesthetic elements of oceanic life, the work aims to raise awareness of environmental issues surrounding our relationship with the ocean who provides every other breath we take. A timely investment in ourselves, our environment and future.

People protect what they love. – Jacques Yves Cousteau

Fall in love.

Art Box Installation Philadelphia
Diatom Odontella: Art Box Installation Philadelphia


Radiolaria, Spyroidea 


Blue Whale, Dinoflagellate, Anemone 


Blue Whale, Balaenoptera Musculus 


Dinoflagellate, Dinoflagellata  


Sea Anemone,Actiniaria 


Radiolaria, Cyrtoidea 1 

Sepia Latimanus
Broad Club Cuttlefish: Sepia Latimanus

Sepia Latimanus
Broad Club Cuttlefish: Sepia Latimanus


Radiolaria, Cyrtoidea 2 


Radiolaria, Cyrtoidea 2 


Radiolaria, Cyrtoidea 2 


Radiolaria, Cyrtoidea 2 

Phycodurus Eques
Leafy Sea Dragon: Phycodurus Eques


Radiolaria, Cyrtoidea 3 


Radiolaria, Cyrtoidea 3 

Watasenia Scintillans
Firefly Squid: Watasenia Scintillans


 


Vampire Squid and friends 

Elysia Chlorotica
Eastern Emerald Elysia: Elysia Chlorotica

Elysia Chlorotica
Eastern Emerald Elysia: Elysia Chlorotica


Radiolaria, Cyrtoidea 3 


Pufferfish, Tetraodontidae 


Pufferfish, Tetraodontidae