These Ceramics Encrusted With Crustaceans Are Our New Favorite Nautical Dishware

December 5, 2014 11:14 PM

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These Ceramics Encrusted With Crustaceans Are Our New Favorite Nautical Dishware

Imagine if you took your favorite ceramic piece, be it a teapot, a pitcher or a tureen, and dropped it into the depths of the ocean. Envision, if you would, an alternate reality where, instead of rotting and melting away, said discarded dishware become an unlikely host for barnacles and crustaceans to settle and colonize. The crisp white glaze of the pottery is slowly swallowed up by the wild particulars of aquatic life.

This fantastical scenario comes to life in the works of ceramic artist Mary O'Malley, who works out of a barn on the south shore of Long Island. O'Malley's "Bottom Feeder" series couples the propriety of a teacup with the bottomless mystery of the sea, yielding wonderfully detailed artworks that bri...

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