Back in May 2008 I attended a workshop. During that brief 3 hours my creative excitement level flew off the chart, into orbit and may have collided with the International Space Station and a couple of asteroids.
Silver clay. Oh my STARS AND GIDDY TROUSERS.
Fine silver blackbird commission perching on heather
It’s a ceramic made from finely ground particles of silver reclaimed from the printed circuit boards of broken electrical goods mixed with particles cotton and paper and an oily binder. So far so excellently green.
It can be modelled into vessels (tiny POTS! OH yes! I shall be making some new tiny silver vessels in the coming weeks), nature-inspired shapes, birds and 3 dimensional flowers.
A longtailed tit for a commission, prior to firing
Leaves and seeds can be imprinted into it to, in effect, make silver fossils.
Seedy inspiration for new designs
It can be used to cast perfect, wearable replicas of tiny found objects with intricate textures and designs.
It’s not just silver-coloured though. When these tiny ceramic items are fired on a gas hob or in a kiln the cotton and paper burn away leaving pure silver.
This knowledge still seems a little unreal to me seven years later. When I handmake a tiny silver berry, beehive or wren and fire it, the moment when I polish away the white oxide from its surface still holds a serious dose of wonder for me. I feel as though I’m a 16th Century alchemist who has been digging up and chucking acid at bits of rock for years and boiling what remains and sighing and experimenting and suddenly I realise I have made ACTUAL SILVER.
Three people who have attended my workshops have cried tears of craft joy at this juncture. I keep an emergency lavender bag to hand in case of those who may be overwhelmed by silvery wonder and joy.
I don’t think I will ever tire of this magical* substance. Its possibilities are innumerable.
*I use this word advisedly, truly.
** includes 4 hours’ tuition, 7 g clay, sterling chain and headpins, gemstones, homemade cake an document with instructions and supplier info and endless cackling opportunities.
ve day fashion
stars and stripes forever audio
stars in the sky clipart
c j haircut
starbucks coffee shop near me
star being born in next few years
lifestyle for women
great expectations salon
dressed for winter
fashion no no's
trending nail colors now
sensational butterflies london natural history museum
trends in 2015
life and lifestyle
about of science
just for fashion
name the steps of the scientific method
what are astronomy
astronomy and astrology history
supercuts women's haircut
time in science
outfit ideas for spring
what is a trends
taylor floral lace dress
broadway hair cut
lazy tumblr outfit summer ideas
scientific method and procedure
what's on trend
sumika music video
study of stars abbreviation
science news for kids
beauty salon south miami
science buddies 5th grade project ideas
1 versus everyone meme
coffee hour quiche
i science book
aspen's brew coffee coming back
scientific method research methodology
coffee and tea places northern illinois
dress website mod
i bean good coffee
trending on twitter hashtags
lifestyle for health
chicago c tables
lifestyle blogs to follow
the coffee people
trending now yahoo
modcloth short white high neck dress with blue belt
black lace midi bodycon dress
science olympiad events
trending movies right now
coffee shops in texas
coffee tables and end tables
what about science
beach party hashtags
tv show lifestyles of the rich and famous
astronomy cool symbols
long hair in front and short in the back
farthest star discovered
trend 4 you
the traditional haircut
talbert's coffee shop
where to find cheap cute clothes for winter buzz
10 avenue hair salon
lifestyle blog for men
retro billow surplice dress
trending news pages
cafe the little shop of horrors
coffee cup holder
how many atp from galactose
lifestyles unlimited complaints
arena hair salon
new about fashion
m in science