Jewelry Stands, Buttons, and Pendants

I have been making some pieces sheerly out of delight and experimentation lately. Utilizing thrown parts and pinching/sculpting I made 4 jewelry stands, and slabs with sprig molds or stamps for porcelain buttons and pendants.

Buttons with maple leaf and peacock eye feather pendants.

Buttons with maple leaf and peacock eye feather pendants.

My acute interest in Japanese textile patterns and expressions of mathematic beauty in nature inspired the maple leaf, wave pattern, and peacock motifs expressed in these prototypes.

The four jewelry stand prototypes.

The four jewelry stand prototypes.

The figurative elements, from left to right: dragon, nautilus, ki’rin, and phoenix. Again, a deep love of mythology, Japanese tattoo imagery, and mathematic beauty expressed through the Fibonacci spiral by the cephalopod shell inspired my selection of critters. The dragon is fairly self-explanatory, based primarily on Western image reference, and the nautilus is a stylized representation of actual life. The ki’rin incorporates an amalgam of mythological beasts, from both Occidental unicorns and Japanese ki’rin and the statuary of M. Pena. The phoenix more closely resembles the peacock-feathered version found in traditional Japanese tattoos. While 3 of them feature a standard single stem for keeping rings, the tentacles offer numerous hooks for ring display.

All in a day's work.

All in a day’s work.

Although the hand sculpting required to develop the small-scale creatures consumes a lot of hours I truly enjoyed the process. After a “break” of making some more mundane functional objects I fully intend to churn out another batch.

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