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Mud from the Mariana's Trench Melts into Glassy Patterns on These Mugs

 - Oct 20, 2015
References: store.thesoftearth & gizmodo
These beautifully crafted mud ceramics use deep-sea dirt from around the world, some that dates all the way back to the time dinosaurs became extinct. Boasting magic-like properties, the material surprised artist Joan Lederman when it turned into glassy designs after being put into a kiln.

First given to her by a sailor from the U.S. Coast Guard, the deep sea mud is now used in all of her pieces, creating either a soft green or brown design. The Earth's material produces unpredictable and alluring effects in 'The Soft Earth Speaks' mud ceramics.

Among the various muds she now uses in her work, is that of the mid-Atlantic ridge, an underwater volcano near the coast of New Zealand and even mud that was salvaged from a Phoenician shipwreck, dating back to the 8th century B.C.E.