Thursday, September 2, 2021

Feng Shui Indoor Wind Chimes to Sooth the Soul...

Feng shui is an ancient Asian art of placement;
the term means "wind-water" and refers
to the art of harmonizing with the environment.
Wind chimes are feng shui remedies
that help to balance existing chi.
They work with feng
-- wind energy --
to redirect or enhance chi.
A wind chime hung by a back door that is directly
in line with the front door will prevent
all the good chi from rushing right through
and out of your house.
Wind chimes near an open window keep energy
circulating when you are away all day.


Thick pottery shard pieces cut and tumbled by
Emily Cohen married to some of her hand cut 
red plexi-glass discs, semi-precious stars and 
my own garden bamboo.


Mel the Bell has been transformed into an indoor
Feng Shui chime with a nice red tongue clapper.
African trade beads and EMILY pot shards
form the bell cord.

 

My long tongued Giraffe bell of stoneware
clay has, in addition to it's clapper legs, beaded
strands to lightly strike the bell body in a moving
breeze...
The gently tinkling music of wind chimes in
a soft breeze is meant to relax all within earshot.
Hang your wind chimes indoors,
where they will amplify the good energy of your
home and contribute melodic interludes
as an occasional draft stirs them.
Beach glass, pottery plate shards, metal beads,
found objects, bamboo or wood all make musical
and ornamental indoor wind chimes.



This is my IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Wind Chime; by reading where all the
parts came from, you can see why! 



 

Friday, August 13, 2021

Awesome Aubergine Vintage Plate Shards





I only have four plate shard pendants in this
incredible color and am taking my time fashioning them
into statement Pieces to wear... and share!


 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

It Must Have a PAST...


The ceramic pot shards used to make these
reversible fun-to-wear pendant necklaces
had another life entirely before this one...



The thick red glass hand-cut heart hangie
on this piece was found sunning in the sand...




Beach glass finds, Plate & Pot Shards...


If you plan to flaunt it and wear it
be sure it has a PAST!

 

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Pottery & Plate Shards

 July 24th 2021 from Noon - 4PM,
Blue Santa Beads & Boutique, Media, PA
will host "The Allure of Porcelain Blue'
a WORSHOP by Barbara Hanselman
on upcycling Vintage plate shards
into Art-to-Wear...


The pot shards in these first four pictures
are from ceramic plates, pots & trays which met
untimely mishaps in their functional existence...


Their breakage in no way detracts from their
appeal to be worn; the creators' energy shines
through their tragedies...


Their continuance is credited to the craft artists
who saw their potential to become even more
than they once were...


Vintage Blue & White Shards from English 
Johnson Brothers, Coaching Scene Plates,
will be featured at the Blue Santa event


As well as assorted Ceramic Clay Shards from
area Clay Artists. All of these shards spoke to
Emily Cohen and Barbara Hanselman, insisting
on the validity of their continued existence...


We're sure they will speak to you as well!
Barbara is also offering Workshop participants
the chance to transform their own broken & chipped
heirloom dishes into finished shards they can use
to create that special piece to wear...


Simply bring your sized plate shards to the shop
before the 4th of July with an indication on them
as to where you want holes drilled in them.


These raw plate shards ARE QUITE SHARP
so handle them carefully. The easiest way to
break them into small enough raw shards to use
as jewelry components is to place them in a
folded towel and whack them with a hammer.


Notice that shards don't have to match, only
complement each other to be used as earrings.


This pair was made from pot shards which had
patterns on each side, making them reversible!

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Windchimes for the Deck & Garden


This is the latest three strand strung windchime I have
made for showing at the Philadelphia Flower Show.


These two which are totally copper wired together, 
are both at the Gallery on Park, Swarthmore. PA
but not for long...!


The wired ones take twice as long to make but are well
worth it when completed.


These two made during the Pandemic both
feature Coke bottle rings cut and tumbled smooth
by Emily Cohen, Catfish Studio.


These are also on their way to the Flower Show
Booth 123, Marcia Reiver Ceramics.

 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

2021 The Allure of BLUE


Whether it's handcut BLUE Vintage Wasser-glass Hearts
from Emily Cohen, Catfish Studio...


Or a Subtle Wash of BLUE Underglaze on Ceramic Clay...


Or Tumbled Daiquiri Freeze Glazed Stoneware Shards...



Or Deep Azure Blue Sea Glass Hangies...


Or Blue Celadon Porcelain Shards from Karen Sacks...


Or Ocean-mist Beach Glass Under Stacked Amber...

You'll LOVE the WEARING of the BLUE!



 

Friday, May 28, 2021

The Philadelphia Flower Show


The Philadelphia Flower Show will run June 5-13.
it’s going to be outside In FDR park
for the first time in 193 years.
 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Ancient Roman Blue Glass Bangles...


...can lead to so many things...
Accents on earrings made from hammered copper ovals
and vintage blue and white plate shards, for example!


The blue Roman glass didn't make it into this pair
 but the Karen Sacks tiny pottery shards
make a lasting impression on their own.


These plate shards were from a European collectible dish
and sent to me by Emily Cohen, all ready to go -
The ancient Roman Blue glass bangles
 make the perfect companion here,


As well as with these reversible scroddled ceramic discs
in their own subtle blue hues...


These discs make a statement of their own
as they dangle from simple brushed copper rings!

 

REVERSIBLE Clay Sculptural Earrings


I really love seeing earrings which look good both 
coming and going...


They can be worn either way as well by simply
inserting them in the ear lobe front to back...
or back to front!


The examples here are all made from stoneware clay,
unglazed and open to accept aromatherapy oils...


The sculptural aspect just happened when I discovered
leftover clay pieces on my work table.


They were so interesting I couldn't throw them away...


So this is what they became!

 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Currier & Ives Plate Shard Pendants Celebrating the Garden!


It's amazing how many interesting shards 
can come from a single broken plate!


In 1923 the early works of Currier and Ives
passed into public domain, making them available
for reprint or duplication.
Many companies took advantage
of the charming lithographic images to enhance
their products but none more successfully than
The Homer Laughlin Company.


From the late 1940s to the mid-1950s,
The Homer Laughlin China Company produced
a line known as Americana.
Although their line of Currier & Ives was short lived,
it is recognized as the first ware of its kind
to successfully translate the transfer patterns
found on expensive English china
onto quality everyday dinnerware.


However, it's a fact of life, that things break. 

The countless shards from one Currier & Ives 
Americana plate still contain the creative energy 
which brought about it's inception, 
so to transform the clay shards into clay-to-wear 
simply means that someone gets to experience
 the artistic visions of the original makers.


Plate Shard pendants are also wonderful carriers of
essential aromatherapy oils!