Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Capturing nature



Back in the late summer I held a slightly different kind of silver clay workshop here at the cottage. After a cuppa we put on our coats, took up our baskets and went hunting for seeds, berries, leaves and anything we could find in the hedgerows that might have an interesting texture or shape. 





We brought our treasures back inside and laid them out with a small sample of my shell collection.



Then came the fun part. We made little casts of the best acorns, berries and shells from our haul and used them to replicate the shapes in fine silver. 

We also impressed grasses and leaves directly into the clay to create beautiful freeform pendants. Shepherd's purse and rye grass proved brilliant for this.







Once they were added to a chain with a few choice semi-precious stones there was some gleeful trying-on. Silver acorn anyone?



I've been thrilled at the response to the few workshop dates I put on my website recently. I've added an extra date in March for a nature capture workshop as they're so much fun. Edited to add: just one space left on this workshop.

Other news
  • There's an extra 5% off (that makes 15%) plus free shipping in my etsy shop until the weekend. Coupon code: NYSALE15
  • A space has freed up on my silver clay workshop this coming Saturday (due to illness). We will be making silver buttons, flowers, birds and anything that takes our fancy. We will also be eating homemade cake. Pop over here or leave a comment if you're free and would like to come along.  Edited to add: Space now filled.
  • This month's Making Winter week will begin on Monday 23rd January.

20 comments:

Sue said...

I would like a silver nutmeg please. And a golden pear.

Penelope said...

Ooooo I really wish I lived closer as I would LOVE to come on one of your workshops. I especially love the acorn, just beautiful xox

marigold jam said...

I'd love to have a go at that - pity I'm not near enough.

Poppy said...

The acorn is so beautiful! I wish I could come along to one of your workshops.... :(

Lou x x x

Thrifty Household said...

They're all lovely but it's the shell that I like best of all...

Country Rabbit said...

the silver clay workshop sounds wonderful- you're such a talent and inspiration. love your creations drawn from nature xx

Pennyblossoms said...

Happy New Year, Emma.
Gosh, I wish I was closer to you; your classes sound wonderful.
Looking forward to seeing what beauties you all make!
Z xx

driftwood said...

oh that nature collecting class sounds incredible xox

Tabiboo said...

Happy New Year Emma and what a wonderful collection of nature.

I'm always in awe at how skillfully you capture these moments of seasons in your work. Just brilliant......and beautiful.

Nina xxx

Mrs. Micawber said...

Love the seashell and acorn pendants. If I lived a little closer I would definitely attend a workshop....

zephyr said...

If only there wasn't a big, giant ocean between me and thee...

Toffeeapple said...

Just gorgeous. How did the Spindle Berry turn out?
I wish I lived closer, would love to take part in your course.

The Coffee Lady said...

You have very lovely hedgerows, Mrs.

Rachel said...

Still more creative ideas - and a great start to the year!

by Teresa said...

I sure wish I could attend your workshop. I have the supplies now, but am a bit afraid of starting out. I wish I could find a class near me. Hmm.. I'll google it.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Calico Kate said...

Love the acorn but especially the shell. Can't wait for the right spare moment to try out my new kit, I've had to hide it for a bit so that I don't get distracted!
Workshops sound brilliant.
CKx

dottycookie said...

Gawjus. Clever you. Tea? Soon? Please? I am going slightly doolally here and in need of giggles.

Ginnie said...

Oh, I wish I lived close to you - your workshops sound like so much fun.

Jackie said...

Its not just the lovely shapes, but the way you put them together with lovely stones and 'stuff'.
You'll have to do a class 'up North' when you visit.

Cate said...

beautiful!