Crustacea cirripedia

Barnacles build their homes of calcium carbonate to withstand drastic changes in temperature, humidity and physical agitation. I create the Crustacea Cirripedia series in order to pay homage to their solidarity and to draw strength from their sheer will to live in the face of all odds. Every piece is first hand carved in wax and then cast in metal. By hand carving the barnacles I am able to control the exact details and shapes that make the most realistic looking and wearable barnacle jewelry.