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The Published News Article
Jeff Johnston crouches low with his hammer and chisel, tapping patiently at what looks like dirty concrete surrounding a piece of rusted iron. Bang, bang, bang, his hardened-steel tools sing, the sound rising up from the bottom of a deep 20-foot-wide shaft that resembles a giant mineral-encrusted water main.
This article is just the most recent I found about how man made metal objects corrode and get encrusted once they are submerged in the oceans for an extended period of time. If you ever dove on a shipwreck, you have seen corrosion eating away part of the ship, and encrustation building up other parts. The encrusting layer contains minerals, sand, marine animals and plants, and their remnants. Whether it is beautiful or it is harmful, the encrustation is the result of a long natural process.
Beachfront Pottery Pieces
The word “oceanated” intends to express the end result of ocean meeting man-made objects. There is just no way man-made objects could remain untouched and unchanged. There are many thoughts what oceanated represent, and they range from the oceans overcoming any obstacles to the transformation at the boundary of two worlds, to the perseverance and staying power of human creations.
The first piece in the Oceanated series. The details of it’s construction will be the topic of a separate post. The broken coil of the car spring guides the encrustation.
Inspiration for Future Ceramic Pieces
I have collected various metal objects that could be part of the Oceanated series of ceramic pieces. I learned one thing so far: long chains are difficult to encase in clay without big air pockets, plus the chain links may just move enough after bisque firing that the entire piece may come apart.