Summertime – the Art Jewelry Elements theme reveal

Summer collage

Sumer Solstice has come! Summer is fully upon us: this weekend market by fireworks, trips to the beach, barbecues… And the reveal of the Summer theme over at Art Jewelry Elements.

What you see above is my beach summer compilation, I set myself the challenge to NOT do a beach theme this month. Just to make it more interesting… My motif is the moth. Flitting about in the indigo twilight, circling summer candle flames… colorful and interesting but often playing second string to their more illustrious butterfly cousins.


I have a handful ready to glaze. And like all best laid plans, the kiln at the studio is down for repairs so I am delayed in high firing these porcealin prototypes. But no worries. I will keep making them until I can glaze fire! I am drawn to the downward arc of the top wing shape… and want to see them glazed with fine lines of iron oxide to allude to the striations on the wings, with spots of color accents… So many possibilities.

Porcelain moths

porcelain batch 2

In the interests of the reveal I glazed a few as tests. And broke one… I am thinking gold leaf on the repair? Kintsugi-like.

First glazed tests

The broken white moth also is glazed in a crackle glaze – I am thinking some sepia ink to accentuate the crackle. But for me – its the little aqua one. I amy not have a finished piece – but I have plans…


What do you think? I think there are more moths to be made for Beadfest!

Until then – please hop along with the AJE team and our Summer theme guests!

Caroline Dewison
Susan Kennedy
Lesley Watt
Jen Cameron

10 thoughts on “Summertime – the Art Jewelry Elements theme reveal

  1. Rosantia Petkova says:

    I would’ve never thought of moths :), yours are beautiful! To me, moths flutter around the light and sometimes hit your face but now I see them differently. I can’t wait to see the piece you are going to make with the beads on the last picture!


  2. Sarajo Wentling says:

    Jenny, I LOVE your aqua test moth and can’t wait to see what you do with the others! I hope some of them fid their way to your online shop since Beadfest isn’t in the cards for me this year.


  3. Niky Sayers says:

    These are just wonderful Jenny! I love the idea of fixing the broken with gold leaf and adore what you have paired the aqua one up with!!!


  4. Tammy says:

    I adore moths. Especially the ones with super furry antennae. Your test moths came out gorgeous and I think Kintsugi is definitely the way to go for repairs. Celebrate the imperfections. Looking forward to seeing how your final glazes turn out as well as what you do with that dish of turquoise blue yummyness.


  5. Anonymous says:

    You know I love moths, and these are all fabulous! Love the detail in the aqua design, that’s going to be a beautiful piece with those stones.


  6. CraftyHope says:

    Oh, your plans do look great! That crackle definitely needs to be accentuated! And the aqua one would have been my pick as well. I hope it’s coming together well for you!


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