California Sea Otter

Darci Bogdan


Darci Shea Studios
Santa Cruz, CA, United States

1.75 x 0.75 x 0.2

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Photo credit: Darci Shea Bogdan

This California Sea Otter Pendant is made from glass enamel, fine silver and 24k gold. The setting consists of kelp motif hand car from sterling silver while the bail showcases a teal Sapphire in a 14k gold octopus setting.

Born in Santa Cruz California, home of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Darci Shea grew up watching the playful otters that lived in the kelp forests. The California Sea Otter is a Keystone Species of the Monterey Bay and is vital for the health and wellbeing of the kelp forest ecosystem. Their diet consists of seafood and sea urchin, which plagues the sea floor in vast numbers mowing down the kelp forest.

In this piece I wanted to showcase the important connection of the California Sea otter with their habitat. The image of the otter is seen just popping up out of the water holding a red urchin. The background is a faded blue to white mimicking the fog of the bay and the back of the piece shows the kelp forest underwater.

Darci Shea has a background in illustration and metalsmithing from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work consists of handmade cloisonne enamel jewelry and accessories inspired by nature. Each piece is meticulously crafted from glass enamel and precious metals telling illustrative stories designed to inspire and educate.

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