Monday, June 10, 2013

Brooch A Week Update: Beach Pottery

Brooch A Week continues even though my resolve to blog has fizzled out a bit, and some new designs have been developing that I am really excited about!

BAW 19
Beach Pottery and Silver

This brooch is composed of beach pottery that was given to me years ago by my mother and fine silver bezel that I created in a class last summer. I've been itching to use both the pottery and the bezel since I first laid eyes on/created them, but nothing was really coming together. A few weeks ago that all changed and these unusual pieces with alternative bezels and found objects have been consuming my creative life for several weeks now. I think it's a good thing!

BAW 17: Silver, Beach Pottery
After I completed the brooch I immediately moved on to pendants. The partial bezels and handmade tabs were joined with riveted bails and handmade clasps.
City Scape Beach Pottery Necklace

Looking to add some simplicity to the collection I created some additional pendants with tabs only.
Beach Pottery Necklaces
Then I returned to the brooch for this week. Hand twisted copper and silver wire form the tabs for its setting and this brooch can also be worn as a necklace!

BAW 23
Copper, Silver, Beach Pottery

BAW 23: Copper, Silver, Beach Pottery

My sketch book has several more pages of pieces to come, including more elaborate necklaces with multiple pieces of pottery!

For a look at all the brooches I've skipped on the blog check out my Flickr Set for BAW and follow me on Facebook for the weekly brooch reveal! Many of these pieces are available in my Etsy Shop in the Brooch A Week and Beach Pottery sections.

Thanks for reading! 

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