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Is Anything Ever Black or White?

“Is Anything Ever Black and White” was created from the field jacket of a Triceratops cervical rib. “Gret”, the name of this particular Triceratops, now lives at the Casper College Tate Geological Museum.  It was buried during the Cretaceous Formation near present-day Lance Creek, WY of Niobrara County. This formation is known for the beds of yellow sandstone and brown and gray mudstone layers deposited 65 million years ago when flowering plants first evolved.

Is Anything Ever Black and White? What a question. What is my answer? Yes. No. Maybe. Sometimes. It depends.

This sculpture is made with one of my favorite raku bowls and platters I made in college. I remember making the bowl clearly and really coming to a new level of understanding in my throwing ability as a result. I had it on display for years in my house. Then, well, it happens to the best of ’em. I don’t remember how, but somehow it got a big chip. I hid the imperfection behind another cup in the house for a few years, but when I started this mosaic, I knew its time had come to morph into something else. In so many of my Dinosaur Mosaics, I know exactly where the materials came from. This one also incorporates pottery I found while perusing and digging through old, abandoned dumpsites near my hometown of Laramie, WY.

Special thanks to J-P Cavigelli and Russell Hawley, Tate Geological Museum, Casper College, WY

Cervical rib of GRET, the name of this Triceratops

Found in Niobrara County, near Lance Creek, WY

Lance Formation

Cretaceous Period 65 million years old

Casper College Tate Museum Specimen