Monthly Archives: January 2013

Shells in water and stone mortar


The shells are mounted on a small pillar in a stone mortar that’s filled with water. There’s a little water in the shells, too. It’s overall a little soft which I like. The water reflecting light gives it an ethereal feel. The texture of the granite through the water is pretty, too.

Work in progress – shell sculpture mounted in glass blowing bowl


Ok, this is only a thought, but it will be made. On the left will be a metal column screwed to the base. The glass blowing bowl will be inserted into the column and a wing nut will tighten it to it. The bowl can swivel and look as if it’s pouring.

Newly mounted shells



Been busy mounting. The one in front is “floating” , suspended by a rod. It’s in a bowl used for glass blowing. The one on the left is on staggered marble bases. All the marble is from old trophy bases. The thing is to make them look displayed like a specimen. You have to accentuate the movement in the piece, too.

Loft area


Just spent some time hanging new photos and a painting of my shell sculptures by my daughter. It’s fun setting up little vignettes and table top still lifes around your house. Let’s you look at your things with a fresh perspective.

Shell specimens on old stand and under bell jar


This took a little figuring out, but I like the way it turned out. The arm on the stand goes up and down and swivels. It’s attached to an old marble trophy base which is on a chunk of glass that was to be ground into a lens. ┬áThe trick was making it look like it was made to be like this, from another time. The fun part is collecting all the parts over the years and having them all fall into place. The stand was the last piece.

Shell table display


This was seriously retouched just to clean up the air conditioner behind the table but you get the idea. This show gave me the chance to work on different mounts for the shells. I’m most happy with the bell jars attached to lense blanks that are slightly rounded on the bottoms. They’re epoxied so they’re a solid unit that can rotate and show different views of the sculpture.