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50th Wedding Anniversary
50th Wedding Anniversary

Commissioned by daughters for their parents -- samples from different places the family lived plus sea glass and marine sediment.

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Urns ~ Each with Their Story
Urns ~ Each with Their Story

There were times people knew death woud soon come and who jointly, with family, designed the urn. Sometimes urns were commissioned after death and most often, people have chosen jars already made -- often with provenance of deep time. Mystic's urn was made with his braided tail, also chopped as hair within and his mane rests as granular ash within. He was a thoroughbred horse, young, and very missed.

With Mystic's Mane & Tail (commissioned)
Craig's Urn (commissioned)
Kevin's Urn w/ Their Places & His Inscription
From a Geologist for Her Father
For Dad's Ashes (commissioned)
Memorializing Dad (commissioned)
Sharing Dad's Ashes (commissioned)
Imagination Prompted This Gift to Neil Shubin
Imagination Prompted This Gift to Neil Shubin

An email didn't get through so I sent a message another way -- no particular expectation but being inspired by Neil Shubin's book, "The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People" and PBS documentary, "Your Inner Fish" filled me with enough gratitude that I needed to release it for his experience.

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MIT "Presidential Bowls"
MIT "Presidential Bowls"

I was asked to make these for President Charles Vest to use as travel gifts. From Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and Atlantic at Bermuda Rise. With my current globally-distributed collection of materials . . .

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Fukushima Study Gifts to Japan
Fukushima Study Gifts to Japan

Ken Buesseler, a rad1ation chemist commissioned these to bring to people he did an investigative cruise with in June 2012, monitoring radiation, when they reconvened in November 2012.

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For Visionary Leadership
For Visionary Leadership

15" wide

The center is seaglass framed by drillings into Earth's crust at 23.5 degrees north, 45 degrees west. The golden area outside of that is a carbonate rich Galapagos sediment and outside of that, and on the rim is a deeply dark volcanic sediment from a Galapagos dredge near Wolf Island. Click for bigger images of the front to read the inscription, and of the back to read coordinates.

This was a collusion between Susan Morse, Weatherly Dorris and Joan Lederman, using materials from Galapagos and Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

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He Married Them Here
He Married Them Here

Teste of new Galapagos sediment from two locations was the step before risking this commemorative piece -- co-designed with scientist who both brought me the muds and married the couple on Wolf Island.

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For a PhD Student
For a PhD Student

Narragansett Bay and a Rachel Carson quote.

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Conrad Lautenbacher's Gift
Conrad Lautenbacher's Gift

16" wide

Seven ships, seven seas, sea glass and more.

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Tenure Gift for a Biologist
Tenure Gift for a Biologist

A tiny shrimp known to populate hydrothermal vents, fired here in the center.

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In Appreciation For a Thesis Advisor
In Appreciation For a Thesis Advisor

Commissioned by a Bates college graduating student for his professor. He provided the sediment and the sea glass.

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Retiring Administrator
Retiring Administrator

12"wide x 4" high

Center of sea glass framed by eel grass seaweed framed by sediment from Charleston Bump sediment from and R/V Oceanus cruise.

Glazes on foot, back, and rim were assembled from refined materials.

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In Appreciation for a Thesis Advisor
In Appreciation for a Thesis Advisor

Norway fiord material.

Commissioned by a Bates college graduating student for his professor. He provided the sediment and the sea glass.

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60th Wedding Anniversary
60th Wedding Anniversary

From farms where they lived inn Iowa and New Jersey, click again to see the warmth emanating from this couple.

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Testing Samples
Testing Samples

Many samples, lovingly described, with meaningful provenance, this is the test piece before making an urn for Dad's cremains. These samples are from rocks ground by a geologist for this purpose -- all hands on were in the family.

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Orcas Basin Stoneware Plate
Orcas Basin Stoneware Plate

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Orcas Basin Porcelain Bowl
Orcas Basin Porcelain Bowl

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Within Amphora at Phoenician Wreck
Within Amphora at Phoenician Wreck

Places page on The Soft Earth website details what I know about this sediment which came from a Ballard cruise, and either the wreck Tanit or Elissa.

This was made as a gift from me to Harvard Professor of International Entrepreneurship, Daniel Isenberg who was using Phoenician history in his course, and who offered to offer my business as a possible field study for students.

I hoped that if the reward came first, it might bless a good outcome. Time will tell.

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Earth Crust and Sea Glass
Earth Crust and Sea Glass

Sometimes the parts become new wholes . . .

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THEIR Wedding Coordinates
THEIR Wedding Coordinates

Two fish swimming about is often chosen as a friendly image for a marriage. Bride and groom's name, date of ceremony, and the coordinates of their seaside celebration are written on the back.

Sediment from Bermuda Rise made a branching pattern on the interior. Other glazes were assembled from refined materials.

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Clare's PhD
Clare's PhD

Two of the three sediments used Clare researched for her thesis. I made the piece by request of her fiance.

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Clare's PhD. (unfired)
Clare's PhD. (unfired)

Clare's thesis on East Pacific Rise and Kane Megamullion are included, as well as some extraterrestrial dust in another layer. Off it went before I thought to photograph it after firing. Center is blue sea glass.

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Many Parts Many Places
Many Parts Many Places

In process, a request by someone who cares, and who clarified his wishes, which enabled me to translate wishes into form.

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Someone's Teaset Surprise
Someone's Teaset Surprise

This was made as a gift for a woman who later wrote me this, "The fact that the glazes came from different places on earth and produce these wonderful effects is amazing. My 8 year old son and I spent many happy moments looking up all the places the sediments on the cups and teapot came from on his globe. I love the idea of it." And, "It is not only the most touching and beautiful thing that I own, it is also functionally gratifying to use."

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Shipwreck in Indian Ocean
Shipwreck in Indian Ocean

10" wide x 2" high

"As the ship was sinking, I jumped into the sea." Commemorating a grandfather's story, made as a gift by family members for family members, using sediment from the Indian Ocean, where the ship went down.

More story written on the back.

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Commissioned Bowls
Commissioned Bowls

This example is unfired. Pieces can be made for awards, retirements, marriages, graduations, and other occassions. Lead time of 6 weeks may be needed.

Lower prices below are for patterned sediment inside (with latitude longitude and depth) and a smooth Pacific one outside (no coordinates, just general area named.) How much detail, how many materials, and what materials influence pricing.

Commissioned Bowls
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Meditations in the Indian Ocean
Meditations in the Indian Ocean

10" wide x 2" high

"The ship went down, bow first, and I was left with my meditations." A grandfather's story lives on through these artifacts.

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Celebrate the PhD.
Celebrate the PhD.

Personalizing . . . a thesis on this whale, from near it's habitat, commemorating the person's sustained effort, the gratitude of the parents, the friend who carved the whale's tail . . . all in one piece, which also celebrates Earth.

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Sign Naming a House uses Beach Glass
Sign Naming a House uses Beach Glass

Commissioned by a grandfather for an exterior house sign. The high-fired stoneware doesn't absorb water and therefore will withstand freezing.

Grandchildren who like beach glass collected samples which I used in wells in the clay to personalize this tile which names a family's summer haven. A translation of "wamesit" is, "All are welcome."

Click on side image to see pre-fired tile.

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Made For God
Made For God

Sometimes I do things for other people, sometimes for myself, but this was a message from and for Universe to express my love.

I made this small series after watching underwater video footage of erupting vents and hearing the scientists in the submarine's voices.

Go to the mug section to see more about this and others of this series.

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Stella's Wish List
Stella's Wish List

Stella, who traveled alot, came to my studio with a list of all the places, and we tried to get her 12 plates that came from as close as possible to places she's been.

Prices on sets are negotiable depending on rareity of sediments used, design details and the time they require to execute, and time of year. Winter is the best time to approach me about commissioned work.

The underside, on the foot, sometimes adds specific information.

Mediterranean at Exit of Rhone River
Gulf of Mexico
Brazil Margin Sediment
Hawaiian Black Sand
Emerald Basin (off Nova Scotia)
Antarctica
Pacific (Santa Barbara Basin)
South Pacific (Lau Basin)
Indonesian Seaways
Costa Rica
Indian Ocean
Bermuda Rise
THEIR Urn ... THEY Autographed (I made this as a gift)
THEIR Urn ... THEY Autographed (I made this as a gift)

From Cruise Knorr191 that tested long coring equipment.

About 27" high, glazed with sediment taken at Bermuda Rise in 1998 (neck area) and September 2007 (belly and bottom areas.)

The impulse to make this came from two feelings: first, that I want the communal nature of discovery to be celebrated in as many forms as possible and secondly, that my history with Bermuda Rise sediment proved that it's beautiful glaze. So I offered to make this so people on the ship could celebrate their own work, with the materials and processes that are my work.

It takes so many stories to tell the whole truth.

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A Day on Research Vessel Point Sur
A Day on Research Vessel Point Sur

CELEBRATING Mud Scraped from Rocks Dredged at 36 45.661' North, 122 03.18' West

DEEP-SEA TRAWLING TRIP ON POINT SUR This is stoneware clay glazed with marine sediment from Monterey Bay, sea glass, and concoctions assembled from refined materials that were fired to about 2350 fahrenheit.

The brown glaze on the chatter patterned area came from scrapings off rocks from the first beam trawl in about 600 meters of water. It was my first trip on a boat afloat above sediment Ive melted. It was a happy occasion for me, so I made this gift to the Point Sur.

Thanks to John Klusmire for inviting me aboard on November 15th, 2007, to Karen Close for sending sea glass and hanging this artifact, and to all who made the day memorable and alive with enthusiasm and discovery. Thanks to Alan Burr Steinbach M.D., who carved the fish stamp I used in the center, and to everyone who sees how similar artists and scientists often are.

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Cosmic Magma Bowl
Cosmic Magma Bowl

12" wide x 4" high

"It's the Whole Cosmos," said Satish Kumar . . . and most people see it without being told.

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