Sea Creatures

Underwater, life is never boring. A recent article by the BBC notes a search for new antibiotics on the bottom of the sea bed. We’re taking a slightly more superficial approach and looking at how the imperfect surfaces of sea creatures inspire sculptors, photographers, and jewelry designers.

• Nuala O’Donovan’s Teasel series is based on the form of the prickly plant, taking the smallest component and exploring its subtle variations. Her work reflects how plants in nature balance regular and irregular patterns, a flexibility that allows them to evolve.

• Alexander Semenov’s Sea of Japan series captures the regular irregularity of underwater creatures, reminders that nature is more creative than any artist.

• Robin Charlotte’s Urchin Garden is a set of three pots with air plants, which just need a bit of water and sunlight.

• Licky Drake’s Ring is made of reclaimed silver, polished and oxidized to resemble the body of a starfish.

• Haley Holeman’s Ring looks like it’s been plucked from the sea, with spikes and an urchin-like surface.

• Nafsika’s Ring is made using the lost wax technique to resemble a sea urchin.

• Roberta Polfus’ Salt Shaker Set is made of porcelain carved in a fluid, organic shape and covered with a delicate blue glaze.

• Sandra Lance’s Bowl was created after a small sea urchin in shades of pink and purple.

• Victoria Silvera’s Tea Set includes a teapot and cups that have a delicately textured surface, like a pearly-white sea urchin.

• Sonia Imbeault’s Ring was created by making a mold from a sea urchin found on the beaches of Quebec and casting it in sterling silver.