Tuesday, 13 January 2009


I wasn't going to post this, because it's not beadie, and, to my eyes, far from perfect. But it got so many nice comments on Flickr that I thought - what the diddle! 

I'm getting into PMC. Not in a huge way, fortunately (couldn't support another hobby the magnitude of my glass addiction!!!), but I have a good play in the evenings now and then. I like that you can just do 10 minutes of rolling and cutting, and accumulate dried bits over a week or longer before getting round to firing (whereas switching the kiln on for 20 mins of torching seems an awful waste)!

To begin this story where it starts: our village has, over the past three years, had local archaeologists helping a community group to dig for a mediaeval manor which, supposedly, is in the field right behind our house. I shouln't say supposedly, because they found it in 2007. Back then, we announced that we were thinking of re-doing our lawn (in preparation for our baby), and agreed to time it according to the following summer when the archaeologists were back.

Well, they found nothing - nothing at all - in our back garden that was mediaeval. Right at the very end, they found a bit of flint, which got them all excited. What they did find were tons and tons of pottery shards, blue and white, brown glaze, all 19th-20th century, more or less. All their finds have gone off for now, but when we re-did the lawn, we dug up the rest of the garden and found plenty more. We saved only the nicest few, and I've been trying to work out how to turn them into jewellery ever since. So over the week-end, I had a play with PMC, carefully moulding a setting. The man in the shard is in a boat on a lake - you can't see who he's talking to or what he's up to, and we didn't find the rest of the.........plate?? Maybe??? Either way, this piece of jewellery spells adventures all round: adventures of having archaeologists digging up your back garden, of playing with new creative media, and I hope the man in the shard is having a good adventure too, seeing the world again after being in the ground for a century or so :o)

1 comment:

  1. I especially like that one. It's kinda like a toile (which I love) curtain in a bead (which I love even more)