In spite of their natural beauty, lobster and crab shells are not typical materials for artworks. Probably one of the reasons is that it is not very easy to get enough kinds of crustacean shells just to get started. I currently use shells from three countries (UK, USA and Vietnam), but hopefully this is just the beginning.
Since there is no definition of crustacean sculptures, let me describe my own concepts:
- Lobster and crab shells are the most important materials being used, adding that lobster shell is a priority. Even if I use something different material than crustacean shells, it still had to be from the sea (like seashells). Wooden sticks inside the sculptures is OK if it can’t be seen.
- Sculptures must be as lobster-friendly as possible. I already use some molted shells (from Vietnam), and I am planning to get a wider variety of molted shells from crustaceans all over the world.
- Colouration and shape of shell pieces must be kept as it is whenever it is possible. I only very occasionally use any paint and I will try to use less cooked-shells in the long run.
Molted shells freshly from the sea
Crustacean shells ready to use