mary jane dodd
mjd - 2014 offering bowl
i've been pretty absent - i haven't felt like what i have been doing related to the blog - i mean, we have these powerhouse jewelry and component designers and makers. i had kind of wandered off down a spiritual and slightly bigger scale of working.
mjd - 2014 sacred space
late last year i had a strong desire to make offering bowls - to use as part of sacred spaces. i am a firm believer that life is stressful and harried and we all need places to stop. to breathe. to be. whether they are religious or spiritual or not is up to you.
at first, they had a short phrase, a mantra or something specifically requested.
mjd - 2014 offering bowls
mjd - 2015 bowl foot
they also filled my desire to make something on a scale larger than jewelry.
but that small scale used for adornment always calls -
mjd - 2015 be still
and they got scaled down to use as the most portable offering bowls.
i was asked to use a full piece of writing in a bowl - and had gone up from my first ones in size a bit, so i set approx. 250 characters.
mjd - 2015 live your truth
so the writing that went with 'live your truth' became this -
mjd - 2015 offering bowl
mjd - 2015
and then the portable wearables followed -
mjd - 2015
and the mats/pouches i put them in came into have matured as well.
what has been interesting is going back and seeing how things developed. i didn't foresee where i am now. and i have ideas for them being used on walls and such.
this has been a rather new experience - really sticking with something and working with it thoroughly. there is a lot to be said for the process. and i plan on continuing it. even though it may be boring for followers on instagram or facebook, it is rewarding.
have you done any work that is larger than jewelry? or did you start as a different kind of maker and found yourself going to the smaller scale?