October 2018

From Across the Eons and Parsecs…


Ceramic and mixed media wall sculpture available for purchase here.

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Handbuilt, one-of-a-kind ceramic sculpture with riveted hammer-formed aluminum and various other mixed media.

24″h x 10″w x 9″ d

Easy/secure wall mount with included bracket…it’s not heavy.

This timeless personage is the most recent addition to my “Cosmic Zoo Series,” intended to celebrate the ubiquitous arising of intelligent civilizations throughout time and space—infinitely in all directions, and infinitely backward and forward in time.

I could write pages about it, but basically I have this zany idea that there’s been a perpetually running Cosmic Art Show since, well, forever, where extraterrestrial artists create art to enter into the show. No, I’ve never heard of this notion before, but if I thought it up, then countless others have thought/are thinking/will think of it too, wherever they are in spacetime. I’m honored to join them.
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This piece brings together many different media I’ve been developing for exactly this purpose…to have a “toolbox” of various light but strong, non-toxic, earth-friendly materials/methods that complement each other stylistically as well as structurally…and that are fun to work with!

I can’t put every last bit of motivation for this piece into words…the infinite power of imagination…the uniformity of ideas across space and time…my own personal identification with the phenomenon of self-aware-intelligence rather than with the biology or AI that happens to host it…well-wishing across the eons and parsecs to all other artists participating in this show…hope for each others’ civilizations to survive and thrive in peace, upon a foundation of gratitude for the privilege of existence, and embracing the mystery that any of us are here at all!1350h 1080w 2

New Egg




Dimensions: 8″ tall x 5-1/2″ diameter.

One of a kind, self-balancing egg sculpture made from hand-hammered aluminum with baked-on patina, fastened securely to an internal substructure with ~300 rivets. It’s alive! It can keep its balance due to “shake weights” I put inside…by shaking it gently to adjust the internal weights, you can get it to stand upright by itself on any flat surface, as seen in the photos. The internal weights also help it to stay put so it won’t roll around, and add to its character because of the sound made by the shaking. It would make a great rhythm instrument for a marimba band or similar 😉
This is one of the most challenging art objects I’ve ever made! First I made a full size version in wood, to which I carefully shape each aluminum section to fit the contours of the wooden form (aka buck). Each egg I make is definitely a one of a kind, because I cut the dozen or so sections freehand with no pattern—never the same twice. Ditto for the patina — hand applied and manipulated. I use hardened steel alphabet punches to hand stamp letters into the corners of each section, to help me put all the pieces back together again after the hot patina and burnishing stages…plus they look cool.
Crafted with care to last for many generations — I use heavy gauge (.040) aircraft grade aluminum for the shell.

This egg may not be sentient, but it still seems very much alive — in its motions, in its ability to hold a pose, and the sounds it makes when shaken.

I think it’s pretty safe to say you’ll never find anything else like it! Jewelry for the home. Or take it with you when you rocket to your new home on Mars.


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