Say hi to b&w, a two-tone collection of "broken" arcs. Each necklace is one-of-a-kind.
Assembling Collection #1 was like piecing together a puzzle that didn’t yet exist--arranging a colorful mix of miscellaneous forms until they began to take shape. I loved that sense of assembly as a part of the creative process, and it got me thinking; what might be possible if each necklace instead started as a single form, which I would slice apart and deconstruct, then piece together again? And as much fun as it was playing with cheery rainbow hues for the last lot, could I pull this all together in monochrome?
I chose to go with a straightforward arc—more half-oval than half-circle—in three sizes: roughly, small, medium, and (quite) large. After rolling out a slab of clay, I traced around my patterns with an Xacto; smoothed the edges; then began to make my incisions. Each arc became a set of geometric shards, some “hollowed” out into a kind of frame; I saved all the extras from the negative space. everything was completely irregular, yet somehow also part of a perfect whole. Like with Collection #1, the lined patterns were made with the special ring that my grandpa made for my grandma many decades ago.
Once the greenware was fired, I reconstructed every individual arc before glazing. (This... was very time-consuming, even though I had taken reference photos.) I decided there would be a bit of glossy black and shiny white on every necklace. The extra bits got coats of a nighttime blue called Outer Space.
One more firing and they were fit to be tied. With all the strange angles, it took some maneuvering to figure out where to drill the holes; some needed an extra knot or two where I wasn’t initially expecting. But then, like magic, the arcs emerged, united.
Despite my best efforts, there were a few spare pieces that didn't quite line up; along with the extras, these became the basis for necklaces that broke the mold of the arc to form an entirely new silhouette.