Living fossil shark, insane teeth; who can ask for anything more?

Article interpretation and ceramic art photos by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL 62035, USA


The Published News Article

A dinosaur-era shark with insane teeth was found swimming off the coast of Portugal

Updated | The rare frilled shark is considered a “living fossil” because evidence of its existence dates back to at least 80 million years ago. This summer, researchers found one alive and thriving off the coast of Portugal, uncovering more clues about the resilience of this ancient sea creature.

The article describes the capture of a frilled shark, a shark species whose fossils have been found going back 80 million years.   The shape of the teeth is one of the unusual feature of this shark; each tooth has many sharp ridges running parallel to the edge of the mouth.  So I thought that’s a good occasion to explore aesthetics of shark tooth structure.

Beachfront Pottery Pieces

Shark teeth have come into my sphere of interest for making ceramic pieces.  While a single shark tooth hasn’t appealed to me, I’ve thought a lot about how to utilize a group of shark teeth in my pieces.   The ceramic shark teeth you see on my pieces are shaped like the tooth of a great white shark tooth.

“Friendly Seastar” by Robert Kokenyesi


This is a piece where I wanted to express the unexpected dangers one might encounter while looking at a starfish.  The large starfish is showing a shark mouth full of sharp teeth at the lower half of the starfish.   The shark teeth were bisque and glaze fired, and then red glass frit was added to the top of the teeth to make them look bloody.



“Shark Valentine” by Robert Kokenyesi


This pieces also made use of ceramic shark teeth topped with red glass.  The entire assembled piece was eventually glued to a canvas panel for wall display.





There is plenty of construction details for those two modularly assembled pieces; they will be coming in a separate blog.

Inspiration for Future Ceramic Pieces

The shark teeth lend themselves to expression of danger, aggressivity.  There are modular assembly pieces on the drawing board, and then there are the experimental pieces where combination with non-ceramic materials may transform the shark tooth message.



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