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.

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


16 in x 7 in x 7 in

For Sale: $250