Sunday, November 26, 2006

Imagine the Hidden World

This is the second of a series of vessels inspired from the microscopic landscape of plants. I enjoy seeing pollen grains and seeds that are imaged by scanning electron microscopy. The vessels in my "Hidden World" series are not imitations of the pollen or seed of particular plant species, but are inspired by the microscopic landscape one sees in SEM micrographs. The architectural features seen in seeds and pollen are mind boggling and beautiful - wonderful ideas emerge after studying nature in such an up close and personal fashion.

The size of this one is 3 X 2 5/8 inches. I first turned a small hollow form and then carved the design into the thick walls of the turned form. I'll post a couple of early progress pics at the end of this message to give you an idea of how I started this design.

Here are just a couple of early progress pics to illustrate the layout process for establishing the spiral design.

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