Winter

As it's getting increasingly colder outside, I'm staying inside more. Eating warm food and curling under blankets; thinking about textiles and crocheting. I made a few commissions over the holidays and one of the projects required I look up an oriental rug for reference. Unfortunately, I can't find the rug I was looking at, but I absolutely fell in love with the patterning. Here are some patterns that have caught my eye since then:

 

 

The following is a picture of the commission I needed the reference photo for, and a couple other pieces I made during the same time:

 

 clay: brownstone glaze: clear 2617 base +8.2% tin oxide, amaco velvet underglazes, and clear 2617

clay: brownstone glaze: clear 2617 base +8.2% tin oxide, amaco velvet underglazes, and clear 2617

The cup on the left has 6 other variations that I used as a warm up exercise for the two pieces to the right of it. The center piece is a teapot with a black and tan King Charles Cavalier Spaniel on top modeled after a dog named Tom Jones. The vase on the right was originally just going to be the texture of the clay and coils until I found the rug photo. Then I had to add the patterns. The symbols I decorate the pieces with aren't taken from one specific source. It is mostly just flora and fauna that is local to North Carolina that I draw in my own style. You can see a dogwood flower centered in the pattern on the left cup and wildflowers on the spout of the teapot and along the neck of the vase. I began looking into patterns making and its uses over time. Mostly, I found that it was for decorative purposes, which is mainly what I used mine for, but it is also used in heraldry (design of armor).

 Heraldry on the crest from the Scotch-Irish side of my family.

Heraldry on the crest from the Scotch-Irish side of my family.

I've also been intrigued recently by the image of the lily, but for completely different reasons.

 lily symbolism: humility, devotion, beauty, wealth, innocence, death

lily symbolism: humility, devotion, beauty, wealth, innocence, death

Earlier, in the late fall, I made a very large pitcher and was thinking about what I would decorate it with. At the time, I thought lilies and doves would be perfect. I have yet to decorate it and am still thinking I will do the lilies. -Allison

 large pitcher in progress

large pitcher in progress