Weedy Sea Dragon and Spotted Drumfish Shields

Wildlife Shields

The Wildlife work is inspired by Nature’s ingenious design constantly perfecting for each unique environment. Yet, as we stand at the edge of this ecological precipice, the environment is telling us in no uncertain terms it cannot survive without our mutual support. The convex ceramic plays on the idea of a shield, defined as a person or thing providing protection from harm. It also heralds honor of and sense of family like the countless species with which we share this planet. Like the focus of a lens, the shields reflect our powerful role and reciprocal responsibility.

We are in a time of epic shifts and are responsible for the positive changes needed now. The work intends to uplift awareness and restorative joy at this climacteric time on our planet motivating wise, timely sustainable investments for all life.

Weedy Sea Dragon and Spotted Drumfish Shields

Weedy Sea Dragon and Spotted Drumfish Shields

hand-built ceramic, 17” x 5” & 20.5” x 6”

Capturing the color and pattern of the male weedy sea dragon who carries his family's pink eggs on his tail until they hatch living off the south and east coast of Australia. Their greatest threat and predator are humans who frequently take them as pets. Australian government placed a complete protection on them in early 1990's. Pollution, habitat loss and climate change have also hurt their numbers and this unique species is currently listed as threatened.

Spotted Drumfish is widespread throughout tropical waters of Atlantic ocean from Florida to Brazil including Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean. The fish is known for its ability to produce sounds like drum beats created by the abdominal muscles of the fish. The fish beats the muscles against its swim bladder.

Magnificent Sea Anemone

Magnificent Sea Anemone

hand-built ceramic, 15” x 13” x 6”

Magnificent Sea Anemone, detail

Magnificent Sea Anemone, detail

hand-built ceramic, 15” x 13” x 6”

Red Eye Tree Frog Shield

Red Eye Tree Frog Shield

hand-built ceramic, 13” x 3.5”

Loon Shield

Loon Shield

hand-built ceramic, 13” x 3.5”

Jewel Pufferfish Shield

Jewel Pufferfish Shield

hand-built ceramic, 12” x 3.5”

Clownfish Shield

Clownfish Shield

hand-built ceramic, 13” x 3.5”

Tear Drop Butterfly Fish Shield

Tear Drop Butterfly Fish Shield

hand-built ceramic, 13” x 3.5”

Okapi (Short Neck Giraffe) Shield

Okapi (Short Neck Giraffe) Shield

hand-built ceramic, 20.5” x 6”

Apis Mellifera (Honey Bee, Microscopic Detail) Shield

Apis Mellifera (Honey Bee, Microscopic Detail) Shield

hand-built ceramic, 24K gold leaf, 14” x 15” x 4”

Blue Whale Shield

Blue Whale Shield

hand-built ceramic, 14” x 3.5”

Blue Whale Shield, detail

Blue Whale Shield, detail

hand-built ceramic, 14” x 3.5”

Flower Mantis Shield

Flower Mantis Shield

hand-built ceramic, 20” x 6”

Pufferfish Shield

Pufferfish Shield

hand-built ceramic, 20” x 8”