Yes, I got selected, well “Firenze” did.
Thank-you to Jo for delivering the piece, Charles for the plinth, Axel for the photos, the Bradshaw bursary for getting me to Florence and the lovely people at Alchimia for their mentoring.
It’s a small sculptural piece in brass, copper and silver solder with heat oxidisation inspired by the architecture of the Oltrarno, Florence.
I made 10 earrings yesterday as a set, using pieces found on the beach and other oddments/treasures from my collection.
I had a request for a silver charm bracelet, so took some photos of my current stock.
I hope to add personal pieces to whichever bracelet is chosen, to make a unique piece more special.
I found another cache of nails in a rock pool. Initially I thought it was just from the New Year bonfire, but I think these could be older.
There were also pieces of folded metal – copper and I guess lead.
I had a fun morning showing Kat and Trisha how to sand-cast. I managed not to take pictures, but they both made bowls and shell pieces.
We worked outside as it was a stunning day (still is)
Just popped out for proof!
Anyway it reminded me that I have two further workshops scheduled for this year:
8th August Plantlore and Jewellery as part of Pittenweem Arts Festival
This is a brooch made at an earlier Plantlore workshop
and a week long sand casting workshop in The Algarve 13th to 20th November at Aqua Ventura.
Lots of people came to the plant lore and jewellery making workshop at SSW today.
About 17 people came along
and worked hard
I demonstrated how to make some pieces
These two brooches were popular
and several variations of the aspen earring were made
This simple earring was one of my favourites
And this brooch had a lovely composition
We had plenty of local plant material to incorporate using mainly wire wrapping and threading techniques. We also shared some stories about plant use in Scotland and the local area.
If you are in Aberdeenshire on Feb 15th, pop in to SSW and make some jewellery