Marie Tharpe tried to see the ocean floor as if the water had been drained out. I met her when she was given a Woman Pioneer in Science award by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1998, for her work mapping the world’s ocean floors.
Later she wrote me:
"Your tireless efforts to secure bottom sediments with some tiny fossil animals from the lakes, bays, and seas of our planet is serious scientific stuff. Your next phase of arranging these artistically into a lasting pattern of glazed stoneware is a superb combination of science and art. I do wish you greatest success . . . I hope you can branch out to other objects of similar designs. Then you would market them world wide."
“New World’s Revealed” is the section Martin Kemp named for us in “Visualizations, The Nature Book of Art and Science.” The first essay in that chapter is on Tharpe's work, map making with Bruce Heezen using echo-sounding; it is called “Heezen’s Highlands.” The essay following it is called “Dendrites From the Deep,” about my work.
Since then, I have enjoyed making things for many occasions including graduations, thank yous, marriages, retirements, burials, and objects commemorating various occasions.
And my desire to thank WHOI for all the materials resulted in this gift to them:
The WHOI Orb
In response to a letter I wrote him, Director Bob Gagosian asked me to create something that would tell the stories about the global reach of their work. They have installed it in the building that houses their core archive.
The gifts go on. I made the Orb, and WHOI’s Tom Kleindeinst made these photos.
The base text says: