Plethora of pods – the Art Elements theme reveal

This month at Art Elements, Jennifer challenged us to be inspired by “pods”. See pods, organic shapes, to me, very symbolic of potential and growth. I have been a pod collector for years – and inspired by their myriad forms and interiors!

Yesterday I wrote about the humble eucalyptus, a favorite of mine. I am using its structure to stamps ceramic charms. These “organic ceramic” pairs will be ready for Bead Fest!

pod charms

Ceramic eucalyptus charms on the bead table!

In revisiting pods, I happened across a few hand held sculpted pods in stoneware clay. I had never glazed or finished them in any way… so what better time? These two are painted in multiple light layers of acrylic paint, in washes and some dry brushed texture. The pod on the right does spill forth a full hand full of individually rolled seeds.

painted pods

These older stoneware pods finally (cold) finished.

But as to new ideas – I turned to polymer. And seeds, and pearls. These are large-ish statement pendants. The red seeds ARE seeds – and that pod was finished with resin to keep the seeds in place. The other pods, incorporating pearls, are connected to the raw clay with head pins. These pendants are drilled at the top for stringing. Should I make more?


Pod pendants available at online FB show: “One Sweet Bead Market” August 6th. And at Bead Fest Philadelphia – Aug 17-19th.

The final pieces are still works in progress. The goddess figures are inspired by votive figures found the world over, across thousands of years and all cultures.  This goddess icon and the pod are fused. The figure on the left will be filled with pearls. The figure on the right pairs two contrasting clay bodies and will be glazed to accentuate that contrast.

The smaller pods are a eucalyptus, my frequent muse and a smaller pea pod style that will also hold pearls. I will have these and more like them at Bead Fest as well.

WIP pods

Fresh from the kiln

I hope you have enjoyed this plethora of pods – please take a look at the other participants!

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18 thoughts on “Plethora of pods – the Art Elements theme reveal

  1. Rosantia Petkova says:

    What a diversity of pod ideas, truly amazing, especially the goddess! So glad I don’t have to pick a favorite, I love them all! And that seed spilling pod is so very unique!

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  2. cathysmendola says:

    OH. MY. I love how you finished your seed pods that had been waiting in the wings. Love their organic look and colors. Your new polymer ones are so lovely with the pearls & seeds in them-just wow. BUT I am reallly gonna need one of those goddesses with the seeds-spectacular idea and design. Can’t wait to see it finished……


  3. rcintron2 says:

    First off, BONUS points for the use of the word “plethora” in your title. LOL I really love your sculptural pieces that are filled and spilling out. Such a great look of abundance. Combining the image of the goddess with this seed theme is genius. I went “OF COURSE!”. I can’t wait to see that finished piece. I also love the green pod that is only partially filled but has the depressions inside it. SO great! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  4. Susan Kennedy says:

    I loved learning about the eucalyptus and how it mimics the quatrefoil! Very cool! And your other pods are amazing, love the goddess ones! And I can’t wait to see what Cathy makes with one of them, I think it’s going to be amazing!

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  5. kathy Lindemer says:

    I absolutely love your pod pendants and what I really like is that you used pearls in them. I love pearls and pods together!


  6. Saraccino byCF says:

    The spilling seeds!!! It made me smile! I love all your different versions of seed pods and the stamps you created (also with your post on AE) are so cool! I can’t wait to see the small pieces and the goddess figures finished!

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  7. nikykims says:

    So many lovely things! The eucalyptus charms look great and the goddesses are going to be amazing (these make me want to make goddesses) but I really love the seed pod with the seeds that spill out, I love the shape and the fact that the seed come out make me want to play with it!

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  8. blueberribeads says:

    Love all of your work, but especially the polymer pieces. I saw them on IG while I was on holiday and they blew me away, they’re stunning! Love how they’ve evolved in to your goddesses.


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