I am honoured to have been asked to make a collection of gifts for a group of friends, who find themselves all over the world. Connected by friendship and respect for each other. Always.
This was a very exciting project for me. Not only was it truly an international project, but I was asked to make a piece of jewellery paired with a jewellery plate, customized for each recipient. This project helped me to learn and perfect ‘pinch plates’, and underglaze painting in porcelain. As well, as always – I feel honoured to have been able to create these pieces for this fabulous group of women.
A feminine approach to a three dimensional plate, and silver pendant of the recipient’s favourite flower. The large space on the side of the plate allows for earrings or pendants to hang for organized storage.
Mix and match stud earrings for a tennis enthusiast. I felt that the plate would be too overwhelmingly green if I made it true to life, so I took some poetic licence and inverted the colour scheme of the court.
A copy of the painting of Tuscany, that this Friend worked on over the course of months. I was able to create (an inferior) copy on this small rectangular plate. This was quite a challenge, as the underglaze must be applied in three layers and isn’t true to the colour it will become once fired. I was honoured to copy this piece, that was so lovingly painted.
This Sweet little critter! A pinch-plate of the outside shape of the piglet was created, and then a painted in underglaze. I just thought this little one was so cute – I used the same piglet gesture to carve and cast a silver lapel pin.
A sculptural plate, carved in greenware: the map of Taiwan outlined, and a rough texture carved into the surface. The architectural detail on the side was meant to quote Taipei 101, and also allow for a place where earrings or necklaces could be hung from. The creamy colour is the natural colour of the clay body.
A gift for Rose
Mishima technique, or inlay with underglaze.
The lines are carved in greenware, underglaze applied in layers and allowed to dry, and then gently scraped to reveal the carving.