Article interpretation and ceramic art photos by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, 62035, USA. If you enjoyed this post, then give me a “like” on my Facebook page. There is additional information about Beachfront Pottery on my web site.
The Published News Article
One patch of water in the center of the Pacific Ocean has remained virtually motionless for the past 1,000 years. Now, a recent study published online in Nature has uncovered some of the secrets of this mysterious “shadow zone,” revealing not only why it has remained still for so long, but also what the ocean looked like a millennium ago.
This Newsweek article reports on a patch of ocean water in the North Pacific Ocean that is 1.2 miles below the surface, and is not affected, and not mixed, by surface warming, or warming from the seabed. This patch of water has 1000 years old water. Once I read that I started thinking about just what animals might live there, perhaps fully unchanged for 1000 years.
Beachfront Pottery Pieces
Here is one type of creature that may exist in that 1000 year old patch of ocean water. This Ghost Shark needs very few nutrients, and it prefers the very still waters in the old patch. The piece is a mixed use of ceramics and paper. As you might imagine, the Ghost Shark is the result of a several technical innovations, and comes at the end of a two-month long experimentation. The ceramic contribution is the long, thin ceramic ropes that are visible at the front (left) and the end (right) of the piece. The ropes are positioned around a paper core, and then the entire assembly is wrapped into several layers of paper. thick watercolor paint suspension is dripped onto the paper surface, and watercolor paste is smeared onto the wrinkles of the paper. This piece was completed in April 2018.
Inspiration for future ceramic pieces
I’m constructing several new versions of the “Ghost Shark” where the frames and paper layering is drastically different. I myself am curious just what looks I might discover in the process. I’ll bring all that to you, together with the details of the constructions in a future blog post.