Water Chestnuts: Art

Individual water chestnuts

Nemesis
Resting Place
Unmerciful
Asian Beauty
Trompe l'oeil: View 1
"Fool the eye" technique
Trompe l'oeil: View 2
Geometric
The Couple
Wood-fired I: View 1
Wood-fired I: View 2
Wood-fired II
Hiding
Taku-Fired
Hiding: Detail
Discovered
Taku-Fired
Discovered: Detail
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The Trapa Natans Dynasty

Invasivius
King of the Trapa Natans
Intrusivia
Queen of the Trapa Natans
Nutorious
High Prince
Rosette
High Princess
Nutlette
Nuisance
Ouch
Barbs
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Illustrations

Spring Growth
1st in a series of five
Cross-section I
Cross section II
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"August" is a series of five clay panels designed to be displayed in a vertical format, one beneath the other.

Barbed spines

Barbed Spine I
Barbed Spine II
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On each of the four tips of the nut grows a barbed spine that serves to secure the nut to the bottom of the water body or attach itself to a bird or animal, by way of the many barbs.  These are very sharp and can be very painful if stepped on.

 

Each of the spine sculptures pictured here portrays the spines magnified many times.

The Barbecue

The Barbecue: Part 1
The Barbecue: Part 2
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People in other countries have long eaten the nuts of trapa natans, although there is now concern regarding toxic metals from polluted waters being absorbed into the soft tissue of the nuts.  Also, they must be carefully boiled to eliminate a parasite that often lives in them.

 

"The Barbecue" is an imagining of how the water chestnuts might be cooked here in the United States - if only it were safe to do so.

Platters

Platter I
Celadon Platter
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