Thursday, December 2, 2010

Jodie Atherton's dinosaur mosaics on sale at Tate Geological Museum's open house

From a Casper College press release:

Laramie ceramic artist Jodie Atherton, will be displaying and selling
her unique dinosaur mosaics during the Tate Geological Museum*s Annual
Open House on Friday, Dec. 3.

"The mosaics are created on top of a plaster jacket that was used to
transport dinosaur bones and other fragile fossils home from a field
site to the Tate Geological Museum Prep Lab," said Atherton. "Most of my
dinosaur mosaics are created with mostly my own handmade pottery. I use
my broken pottery, prairie glass, and other cast-offs in the process,"
she said.

The resulting mosaics "are truly green creations as they are made
from totally recycled materials and keeps paleontology cast offs and
broken pottery out of the landfill. By bringing science cast offs and
broken pottery together into mosaics, the end product is my artwork, a piece of history, millions of years for the fossil to form and be found,
lots of hands to create and use old bottles, and then to discard them on
the prairie for me to find years later, and many broken pots and tiles
to create these mosaics," Atherton said.

Twenty percent of all sales Atherton makes during the Tate Open House
will go back to the Tate. Atherton, who received a bachelor*s degree in
fine arts with a minor in ceramics from the University of Wyoming, is
the owner of Whitewater Ceramics in Laramie, Wyo. In addition to the
dinosaur mosaics, Atherton also creates handcrafted tiles and figurative

The Tate Geological Museum Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. and is free and open to all.