Diatoms are microscopic algae composed of separate halves, with delicate siliceous cell walls. They're usually single-celled organisms, though some live colonially. They inhabit fresh and salt waters and are among the most abundant of all phytoplankton.
Created by ceramic artist Mary O’Malley, who studied in Philadelphia and now resides in Long Island, New York, the Bottom Feeders series is particularly inspired by childhood memories and her newly familiar surroundings next to the sea.
“The fine, intricately patterned latticework of diatom frustules and radiolarian tests rates as one of many natural aesthetic wonders. The holes in radiolarian and diatom shells respectively exist for.