It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago that I was announcing this months AJE Challenge with the theme of trees. It’s been another quick month, but looking back at everything, I managed to create quite a few designs. I suppose it’s easy when it’s your favourite subject!
I’m always inspired by trees, their branches, bark, roots, leaves… walking through a forest would have to be one of my top things to do. It never gets boring, no matter what the season, or the weather, it’s a magical place to be.
As part of the challenge, I gave away a couple of my own beads to two participants to join us. They were a popular design so I created a few in other colours.
If you remember, last month was the headpin challenge, and I had trees on the brain already while I created these gingko and twig headpins.
And for my final bead design, I made these landscape tree beads using multiple glazes and finished with china painted tree designs.
My main make though was inspired by a wonderful video posted by fellow AJE member Laney Mead.
In the video were Dragon’s Blood trees. I’ve seen these before, but never knew what they were, so I hunted out the name and they are just as amazing as they sound!
When cut, they produce a red sap that looks as though they’re bleeding.
The dense interwoven branches of the tree inspired the design in a hand built ceramic bowl. I’ve spent the last few months exploring working larger. Beads are great fun to make, but I wanted a bigger canvas to design on. I’ve been experimenting with in glaze lustre, and it turned out better than I could have ever hoped!
I have to admit, I did a little dance when I opened up the kiln to this!
The colours shift and change depending on the light and the angle.
It’s definitely a keeper 🙂
Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll join us in the blog hop… follow the links below to see what everyone else has created!
Caroline Dewison << You are here!