On partial scholarship at PILCHUCK SCHOOL OF GLASS, taught by FELICE NITTOLO with assistance by PINO CERCI, I made this sheild out of smalti to represent how vulnerable New Orleans was during Katrina. Usually heraldry is on the outside of the shield. It’s inverted here as first in a series of places, ideas, people that are left without basic protections. I’m a Californian, with dual citizenship north and south . (LA and SF) so I used our colors - greens, oranges, blues to represent our love for New Orleans, LA.