I built this orb using pink grog clay. First I rolled two balls of clay and then pinched them out to make a basic hollow hemisphere shapes. I then made some slip and joined the two halves together creating a rough sphere shape. I allowed the sphere to dry out for an hour so that it firmed up. Gently rolling and shaping I made a smooth sphere.
Taking small amounts of clay I rolled small pea sized balls and pressed them against the sphere and then pushed down the balls with a pencil to create a hole in the middle of each textured area.
The orb was then fired and glazed with a green translucent glaze which reflects light when the sun shines.
I am not a technical potter, I just enjoy exploring different crafts and techniques, sometime it works other times they don’t but I always have fun.
Recycled Art and Crafts
I decide to create a range of brooches or pin from a bunch of Christmas and birthday cards that I had saved. I decorated the brooches with magazine pages, foils, glitter, fancy yarns and then glazed them and added a brooch pin to the back.
I love the idea of making jewellery from items destined for the scrapheap, why throw cards away when you can wear them and be sure that no-one will have the same as you?It then came to a stage that I had made many brooches and could not possibly wear them all myself. I gave some away to family and friends and had to think of a way to get rid of the others. I like what I make but was unsure if they were good enough to sell, I did not want to sell online or through a site like Etsy because I was not sure if the quality was good enough. So I decided to take part in a local Christmas Fair and hire a table at a school. To my great delight I sold over 70 items and had some lovely feedback. I am glad I took part in the fair and plan to do it again this year. It seems that people do want something a little different and I was surprised that the brooches were made from recycled items.