Instead of the usual Component of the Month Challenge, this month, we’re having a theme challenge.
Hosted by Lindsay Starr, the theme for March is Eyes, and we were all tasked with creating a piece of jewellery or a component around the theme.
As Lindsay says in her post, eyes have been important symbols throughout time, used as symbols of protection, devotion, and spirituality. It’s not something I’ve ever explored in my work, so it was a great challenge to come up with something new.
I decided to try out some ceramic cabochons. My first design comes from Egypt. I have always been fascinated with anything Egyptian, especially the symbols so I chose the Eye of Horus.
The “Eye of Horus” was one of the most important Egyptian Symbols, representing royal power, protection and good health. It is depicted as a human eye with a long tail and brows which are the markings of a hawk. It was a fetish that was believed to embody magical powers and offer magical protection. It also had the power to heal the living and protect the dead.
They are painted with underglaze in traditional colours, and I really like how they turned out looking as though they could be relics or shards.
My second design started out as a take on an Art Nouveau style eye.
They didn’t come out as I’d expected, but then I decided when painting they needed lilac eyeshadow. I like how they eventually turned out, they make me think of Picasso paintings!
Thanks to Lindsay for pushing me to try something new, it’s been good fun coming up with something a little different.
If you’d like to see what Lindsay, the rest of the AJE Team plus guests have made for the challenge, follow the links…