Article interpretation and ceramic art photos by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL 62035, USA
The Published News Article
They were first captured and identified in 1986, but in the 32 years since, they’ve been seen only rarely and often just by accident. Viper dogfish, Trigonognathus kabeyai, are a deep-sea dwelling type of small shark. Five were recently dredged up as bycatch off the coast of Taiwan.
The viper dogfish is a shark that reaches a little under two feet in lengths, and lives in 1500 feet deep part of the ocean near Japan. The oversized teeth make this shark look like the much larger alien creature in the Alien movies. The species were recently caught again off Japanese shores, and attracted attention because of the similarity to the Alien movie.
Beachfront Pottery Pieces
Shark teeth have been in my mind for a long time. However, I made only a few ceramic pieces using shark teeth. The one day I started hand crafting teeth in the shape of the teeth of the great white shark. The Shark Valentine was the first assembly that saw the public daylight.
Here are a few freshly-glaze fired ceramic shark teeth.
They are made for experiments, so the shape of the teeth are imperfect. These individual teeth are assembled into the final art piece.
Here I took 36 individual shark teeth, added red glass powder to the tip ofe ach tooth, then glass fired them. The teeth were then arranged intothe shape of a heart, and epoxy-glued onto a canvas panel support.
Inspiration for Future Ceramic Pieces
Only the sky is the limit for the use of these shark teeth. They can be assembled into various shapes, and letters. They can be embedded in translucent media. They can be used to cover an object. They can be used to pierce an object.
I want to improve the authenticity of these teeth, so the next generation of them will be more precisely modeled after the shape of the great white shark teeth.
Another inspiration is to look up shapes of teeth from other shark species, and use those alone or in combination with other objects.