My ceramic piece, “Eruption” came about after I read an article about a bee called Anthophora squammulosa. This bee survives and reproduces on the edge of an active volcano in Nicaragua. It has adapted to the noxious fumes which surround its cell-like nests. These bees collect pollen and nectar from a flowering plant, Melanthera nivea, a wildflower than can survive the volcano’s acid rainfall.

What came to mind when making this piece is how all beings need to adapt for survival in a world with pandemics, fires, floods, earthquakes, and a plethora of natural disasters.

This piece is made with Cassius clay, with colored underglaze, glazes and cold finish applied on the base. Luster fired bees have been added separately.


2019 earthenware brown clay with glaze, decals, luster and acrylic paint

16 in x 7 in x 7 in

For Sale: $250