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Beading Back in Time! Time to find the Tardis key, walk through a certain circle of stones, or fuel up the DeLorean…
This quarter we are inspired by ancient history, “Early Human” which for the intents and purposes here will be prior to 3500 BCE. Now this time period resonates with me… I hve been drawn to the carved stone goddess figures since childhood. If you want to get really careful with dating and art history this period is even before the famous cave paintings of Lascaux! So I thought for sure it would be goddesses that inspired this challenge!
1. Venus of Willendorf 2. Venus of Brassempouy 3. Venus of Laussel
My goddess tiles, and small sculptures.
So I set aside a small simple stoneware goddess. She is bare clay, fired to ^10 reduction with a wash of iron oxide to give her a patina. Iron oxide is a naturally occurring pigment, just rust actuallly, and it was used to color stone and cave paintings of this era. I tried her with honey tones, with rugged chunks of labradorite, with craggy rough turquoise. And I havent made a decision yet. I have an existing piece ( shown bottom left above) where I paired a stoneware goddess with Roman glass, geode slices, bronze ammonites… and I wanted to do something different. We’ll see what I finally decide on. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Here is what I did end up with as my “Early Human” offering:
Tab set in copper, this Marsha Neal cabochon is a dark clay body with a white “crusty” glaze. This already felt right, but its a spiral – an ancient motif that can embody change, journey, progression, life, cycles, it was perfect. I was drawn to use other ancient materials – a hollow shell that is reminiscent of bone, and a chunk of amber. Both bone and amber were used as adornments since… forever.
I wasn’t sure I would have time to complete the necklace parts, but the Muse ( and the clock! ) cooperated:
Seed pods and chunky howlite connect the copper chain to the sari silk. Although rawhide would have been more historically accurate, the silk was the right fit aesthetically.
I love the pieces together, the spiral and the amber really sing to me. Please join us in this time travel inspiration, to our early human roots!
All the participants links can be found at Sherri’s blog OR Lindsay’s blog.
Thanks for joining us!