Broken Wave

My mosaics are created on plaster jackets used to transport fossils from the field to the prep lab. I use broken pottery, prairie glass and other cast offs in the creation of the mosaics. They are truly a “green” creation as they are made from totally recycled materials. My creations keep paleontology cast offs and broken pottery out of the landfill. Oddly enough, some of the materials in my artwork are scavenged from old dumps or trash middens on the prairie around the state.
 In my case, anything “broken” finds new life.

Broken Wave
17 x 5.5 x 4.5"

Broken Wave was created on the field jacket of this Hadrosaur humerus found in the Cretaceous Formation near present-day Lance Creek, WY of Niobrara County.  The locality of this find, now housed in the Casper College Tate Geological Museum, was DS-148.  148 is the bone number, but DS stands for Dead Sheep, presumably from a nearby dead sheep.  “Broken Wave” is composed of turquoise, blue, and white glass shards found discarded in the prairie.  The Cretaceous Period was relatively warm and global sea levels were much higher than today.  The Pangaean Supercontinent continued its slow break into the continents we recognize today.

    Special thanks to: J-P Cavigelli, Tate Geological Museum, Casper College; Wikipedia

Broken Wave, created from broken "prairie glass" and old, glass insulators found while walking along the prairies of Wyoming. Prarie glass being similar to sea glass, but found on the "beaches" of a land locked state instead.
This mosaic is also a reflection of my love for water.

Water. Water. Water. I love water.

Canoeing down the North Platte river as a kid...
Fishing out of the same canoe on the plains lakes, my dad casting for me and me reeling in a fish every time one night...
Floating in hot springs every chance I get...
 Long, hot, soaky baths after skiing...
Soaking in our "hippy hot tub"...
(an old clawfood tub in the side yard in which my dad raised frogs)

mosaic tile
figurative and mixed
media sculpture
pit firing dinosaur


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