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.

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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.

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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.

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Original Publish Date: 7/1/2016

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2 comments

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Stunning work. How comfortable is it?

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Hi Tiffany,

Thanks for the comment. They are comfortable, just not something you would wear if you were to spend the evening getting hugged! They have a well balanced weight to them. Most of all, fun to wear.

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