Inland Sea Foam, another work I collaborated on with Jewelry Artist Mary Lambert, is on exhibit now at the Alice Gallery in Salt Lake City. This fluffy cowl was inspired by the unique long-lasting foam found at Great Salt Lake. While out at the lake this summer I gathered hopper salt crystals that were large and well formed. Mary made them into beautiful buttons for this piece. They are the perfect accompaniment for this cowl.
Foam is caused by waves making bubbles on bodies of water, although it cannot form on high surface-tension water like very salty lakes. But Great Salt Lake has abundant phytoplankton that create a surfactant or soap-like substance. This surfactant lowers the surface tension allowing large quantities of stable foam during windy days. Another part of the surreal and wonderful Great Salt Lake landscape.