'Collection of Shells'
Betsey Rice, an accomplished studio potter for over
40 years, has devoted the last decade to creating hand built marine life
sculptures. As the 10th generation in her family to grow up on the Rhode
Island and Massachusetts coasts, Betsey has enjoyed all the benefits the
sea has to offer: walking on the beach, exploring the tidal pools of the
shoreline rocks, clamming in the salt ponds, swimming and sailing in Long
Island Sound, and most recently, kayaking. After being inspired by their
sons, Betsey and her husband, Marshall, have paddled the waters of Alaska,
Baja, the Carolinas, coastal Maine, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia,
Arctic Norway and the Dodecanese Islands of the Aegean Sea encountering
many species of sea life. Of all these travel destinations their local
Quonochontaug Pond remains their favorite spot to witness the numerous
migrating birds and mating horseshoe crabs. Shells, seaweed, egg cases,
crabs and sea stars that we see every day on the beach display the grace
and complexities of nature's finest designs.
Russell Jinishian - jrusselljinishiangallery.com
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