Pendant necklace, sterling silver, enameled steel
The inspiration for this one-of-a-kind pendant necklace was a walk in the fog. It had snowed in early Spring, and a warm snap caused a cloak of mist to settle among the trees. I walked in the heavy air, so dense it made my breath sound like that of a stranger. I was grieving, and the stillness of the air was a salve to my suffering. Moving shapes emerged and I found myself among a herd of deer; they slipped around me on invisible legs, horns soft as wings against the swirling ether. I froze, I held my breath, and they paid no mind to my presence. I wondered if we were ghosts.
I call this piece, "I Never Liked Spring." The front of the pendant features an original sgraffito photo illustration on enameled steel; I created it using a variety of techniques to add and remove black pigment to enameled steel, and then heating it with a torch until the pigment fuses with the metal. The enamel is set into a solid sterling silver bezel and minimal backplate that has been patinated and hand burnished many times to bring the sterling silver to a deep black color.
The back of the pendant is etched with my original poem:
When you left, I secretly followed
the single path of your footprints.
The last snow staggered a dance
and I stood as you spread the space between us
and I wondered for only a moment
where you were going.
I turned back in delicate step,
careful to leave your each
about 23 hours ago
"Where Bluebirds Brood" An imagined wearable memory in three chapters, inspired by a photo found in a family album. Cuff bracelets. Sterling silver, enameled steel, bronze, rosecut pyrite, original poem and calligraphy. Electro-etched, lost wax cast, torch fired, hand fabricated. . . . . . .