This month we’re taking a break again from our regular Component of the month reveals and running another theme challenge.
It’s our blog team leader, the lovely Jen Cameron’s turn to set the theme, and for June she chose fireflies.
I have to admit, I struggled at first to come up with an idea as they’re not something I’ve seen up in the North of England, I was lucky enough to see them once, at the Glastonbury festival, and they were magical. So not having much to go on, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration.
During the day, they’re not the most inspiring subject.
But once the light dims, they put on an amazing show.
Each time I searched the same picture kept popping up. I’ve been exploring ideas with trees in porcelain, so this was perfect for my inspiration.
The photograph was taken by Yume Cyan in a forested area near Nagoya City, Japan. You can see more of these amazing long exposure shots here.
And here is my interpretation, hand carved in porcelain and fired multiple times with china paints, powders, and lustres.
A few days after making these, I was playing on my lampwork torch and by accident, a second idea emerged…
They are a total pain to photograph, it’s difficult to catch the depth and reflections in the same picture, but hopefully you can see the threads of silver glass and fine silver wire running through them.
The little dots of silver wire glow behind the trees (not that you can tell from my photographs!)
I’d like to say a big thank you to Jen, I’ve really enjoyed rising to the firefly challenge and it’s been great fun exploring a subject that I didn’t have any immediate inspiration for.
If you’d like to see what the rest of the AJE team, plus special guests have made, follow the links below…
- Melissa Trudinger
- Mary Detray
- Keren Panthaki
- Tammy Adams
- Veralynne Malone
- Terri Del Signore
- Heather Powers
- Susan Delphine Delaney