Thursday, September 3, 2009

It just wouldn't do

I got juried in for ceramics for the local studio tour and there will be beads and such there in addition to pottery. I can't actually sell anything non-ceramic like jewelry or things made of bronze or copper. I have to have representative photos for the brochure. Umm...that would be Tuesday. Again working at the last minute. But it just wouldn't do to submit a photo of a naked bead for all of the world to see. So this is what I came up with. I know, I'm stretching the definition of ceramics just a wee bit. But I just could not help myself.

This was a really fun piece to make. I got to use my porcelain piece and a little bronze doodad I made. I wire wrapped, I pounded on the bench block, I stunk up the house with liver of sulphur. But best of all I got to use my torch. I love, love fire. I love melting things. The strangest thing about this piece is I can see it finished. That never happens. But that will be another day. It actually has to go into the show as is. If I put a bazillion dollar price tag on it maybe I can bring it home and finish it. But then maybe the vision will have passed by then.

Meanwhile I am off to the studio to turn pots. And wait for my son to get home. He's got leave for the holiday weekend and we've got lots of things planned. Unfortunately, my daughter will be working. Nurses have awful holiday schedules. Nurses who work and go to school full time have no leave at all. Ah, Christmas....how far is that way?

Have a fantastic weekend!

15 comments:

SharonP said...

What clever and unusual findings, I love the balled ends, they sort of look like sconces!

SummersStudio said...

Sharon, I think I could stick wire into the flame and make those little balled up ends all day long. There is something magickal about it. Thanks so much.

sharon said...

Are you sure your not making jewelry on the side?! This is exquisite LeAnn!!And that little bronze doodad....to DIE for!! Just exquisite!!

SummersStudio said...

Ah thanks, Sharon. No not making jewelry on the side. But sometimes I think that way.

stregata said...

LeAnn, I love those connectors!!!! I do, I do! Please, please show us the rest of this vision - I am sure it will be exceptional!
I hope your studio tour will be fantastic!!

Narrative jewelry said...

I'm just in love with this unbelievable pendant. Always in love with the pattern, but, the connectors, OMG, i believe i'll spent all my day to look at them, and say oh, oh la la, mmmmh, gorgeous...

xoxo

lilibulle said...

ho yes!! the connectors are very clever!! as all your work dear summers!! maybe can you put a little bit more light on the picture .. very nice lentil!!

mairedodd said...

this is gorgeous! i am with sharon, are you secretly doing this on the side? i don't think you are stretching at all as you used the pmc, correct? and your design, the repetition of the pattern on the pendant in the wirework... this is really just too lovely... best of luck - at least you know you can do it again when it sells! both of your kids are doing such important things... you must be really proud... and they should be proud of you!

Lorelei said...

that's fantastic! I see a nice blog tuturial being done one how to do those fancy wire thingies you made. I am so fond of them!
I love it LeAnn. You should be so proud of it!

Cindy said...

LeAnn you are fabulous with jewelry!! I love your clever bail..you've really done somethng wonderful with your pendant! :-)
Cindy
www.sweetbeadstudio.com

The Joy of Nesting said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! LeAnn!!!!!

Being juried in is never an easy task!!! :)

Ohhhhhh you wire wrap as if you were born to it!! This is an amazing and incredibily creative way of show casing your 2 clay pieces!!!

I'm with Lorelei, A tutorial please (maybe when you have some time)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Gina said...

What a beautiful piece! I hope you have a great show.

SummersStudio said...

My goodness. I go away for 12 hours and look how kind you all are. What can I possibly say but a heart felt thank you.

Maire, I wish that I could call the bronze and copper ceramics. But technically it's metal and I would have had to be juried into the metal category as well. Oh well, maybe next. This year I'll just sneak a few pieces in.

Lorelie & Patti, a tutorial it is then! It's pretty simple, honestly. But after I get through this week of getting ready for the art market, I'll see what I can put together.

And no, I really do not make jewelry. I occasionally make very simple things for the art market. But I sometimes dream about making jewelry. And I dabble a lot.

TesoriTrovati said...

Such a clever connector! I love it...and that "doodad" as you call it is a beautiful accompaniment to your ceramic art. I can see this finished as well, but my vision may be different than yours! I love fire too but am not set up for that....one day...I love your work and I appreciate that I am not the only one with procrastination issues....thanks for sharing. Enjoy the day! Erin

lunedreams said...

makes me want to get a torch. really bad. the bail is incredible!!!