Sunday, September 27, 2009
Is it just me, or is inspiration for ceramics literally everywhere. If you have been following along, you know we are packing. Afterwards we plan on traveling across the country in our motorhome looking for a new place to move and to set up my ceramics studio. While we've been packing I have come across lots of interesting books, curios, mementos, and now an interesting piece of jewelry.
I had completely forgotten about this lapel pin I purchased in an antique store in Hot Springs, Arkansas back in the mid 1990s. The second I saw the piece I loved it. This fox was made by the French jewelry designer, Lea Stein. Lea began her career in the fashion industry in the late 1950s and then in the mid 1960s, with the help of her chemist husband, they developed a process whereby they could laminate fabric in thin layers in a type of plastic called rhodoid.
Of course when I saw my fox pin again I was immediately attracted to the art deco style of the brooch and started thinking about how I could incorporate some of this style into my ceramics pieces. There is so much detail in the black and white and it reminds me of Kitty Shepherd's slip decoration work. I am not sure I would have the patience to do the work Kitty does, but the shape of this piece is attractive and classic and it had me thinking of line and form in ceramics design.
The reverse of the pin is stamped with Lea Stein and Paris and sports the distinctive "V" shape to the clasp. I don't wear much jewelry these days, but I think I should wear this pin the next time I have somewhere special to go. Up next I've found another piece of pottery you might get a kick out of, so come back again real soon.