In 2011 I started working with porcelain for the first time. I was amazed at the elasticity of the material and was able to create delicate spikes on jars that I had thrown on the wheel. I loved this new technique.
Fast forward to October 2015 when I had the time, tools, and the drive to start making work again, and with my background in making jewelry primarily out of metal, I wanted to start incorporating porcelain in to my jewelry. I thought a great place to start is where I left off 4 years earlier. I began throwing on the wheel, and became obsessed with the technique once again. I loved making these small little pointy coils that I could make organic forms with.
This evolved from altering thrown forms to making small brooches, eventually from small organic clusters for collections of coiled spikes. I began using thin cable steel as a to combine the spikes into collections. I loved seeing the individual spikes side by side lined up, each one a different length and thickness. The piece by themselves are simple and fragile, once around the neck the necklace took on a new characteristic, it became almost menacing. The spikes stick out at angles and create a collar around the neck. This is a powerful necklace when worn. The necklace is comfortable to wear, aside from the occasional tight hug. I make necklaces that have 5 spikes and some that have 300, the more spikes the more menacing.
Original Publish Date: 7/1/2016