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AJE October Theme Challenge – Ravens

It’s reveal day for the October theme challenge… if you weren’t around for the last one, instead of a component of the month, one of the team chooses a theme and we all create something in our chosen medium. This month it was Karen from Starry Road Studio’s turn, and she chose Ravens. Here’s Karens’ original post with some fascinating history of ravens in art, story and myth.

I love ravens, it’s a subject that I’ve worked with before to create some raku pieces.



I was excited to turn the idea in to some components for jewellers. I had hoped to make a few more things, I had so many ideas including some non jewellery items, but this month has run away from me. I have plans to continue with this theme through the year though.

My first component was a pendant design. The glazes are my own recipe mixed with enamel and fired and the design is painted afterwards with china paint.


Next I went back to my raku ideas… when I made the ravens above, I wanted to make a crown for them, I never got around to it, so I thought I’d try the idea for a pendant. These are unglazed on the raven, the black is from smoke in the reduction bin, and the crown has a golden glaze.



I really liked the shape of the raven in these, so I made another without the crown and underglazed it. The tree design is done with sgraffito. I think the clear glaze on this is a bit too shiny (and a pain to photograph), but I like the effect.


And finally in with the raku firing, I made this soaring raven, he’s unglazed and embellished with silver leaf.


Hope you’ll join us in the blog hop, to see what everyone else has made for the challenge, follow the links…


Art Jewelry Elements Team:
Lesley Watt
Linda Landig
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Phantasm Creations
Caroline Dewison << You are here
Niky Sayers
Our Guest Bloggers:
An Ordinary Miracle Day
Linda Newnham
Michelle McEnroe
Sarajo Wentling
The Copper Cat
The Paisley Lizard


12 thoughts on “AJE October Theme Challenge – Ravens

  1. All gorgeous pieces Caroline – I particularly love the rusty raven head and the crowned pendant….but all are very nice indeed!

  2. I love the components you created Caroline, particularly the first one. Your sculptures are lovely too.

    Linda x

  3. I love tree design is done with sgraffito. It is stunning and who wouldn’t love the handsome raven with the crown!

  4. Hmmm words don’t quiet do justice to how much I ADORE ALL of your pieces!!! I love coming to your blog to see what you create because it’s always such a beautiful surprise! Your sculptures are just amazing, you have a great eye for shape and design and I can’t wait to see more!!!

  5. These are spectacular. The sculptures are majestic and the jewelry components have such great character. I’m glad to read that you plan to continue with the raven them. I especially look forward to more jewelry components.

  6. I really am just waiting for you to make something I don’t like. I haven’t seen it yet. One of my favorite things about your art is that no matter what theme you have, you make it look like you.

  7. Lovely designs Caroline 🙂 I think I may have to add one of your smashing pendants to my stash ASAP!

  8. Raku – I am going to come over and sleep on a cot in your shed. We can raku all day and bead, and drink coffee. I love what you are doing. The black of reduction is a dreamy soft black, and delicious paired with metallics.

  9. Oh my, each of these are wonderful. I especially love the 2 ravens in flight! The texture of the glaze on the first of those two is amazing. And I think the silver pattern, in contrast with the matte black on the second must look striking in “real life”. I love the graceful shape of the two raku raven heads!

  10. These are really cool pieces! I’m all about the soaring ones… especially that last one.

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