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.
- 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.