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.
I would like a silver nutmeg please. And a golden pear.
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 says
I'd love to have a go at that – pity I'm not near enough.
The acorn is so beautiful! I wish I could come along to one of your workshops…. 🙁
Lou x x x
Thrifty Household says
They're all lovely but it's the shell that I like best of all…
Country Rabbit says
the silver clay workshop sounds wonderful- you're such a talent and inspiration. love your creations drawn from nature xx
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!
oh that nature collecting class sounds incredible xox
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.
Mrs. Micawber says
Love the seashell and acorn pendants. If I lived a little closer I would definitely attend a workshop….
If only there wasn't a big, giant ocean between me and thee…
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 says
You have very lovely hedgerows, Mrs.
Still more creative ideas – and a great start to the year!
by Teresa says
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 says
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.
Gawjus. Clever you. Tea? Soon? Please? I am going slightly doolally here and in need of giggles.
Oh, I wish I lived close to you – your workshops sound like so much fun.
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.