I started this piece with the simple goal of creating a dramatic forged base which would be showcased through the glass of the top. However, I was working on it in early January of 2018, which was when mudslides occurred in Santa Barbara County, destroying homes and killing 23 people. I went to college in Santa Barbara and lived there for several years. This news was devastating, and I carried the grief of it all with me as I forged. This informed and altered the design and led to the title of this piece. “The earth Shifts but it doesn’t Break”, we live with pain but we still live, our earth is stronger than us and she will last in the end.