Spirits of Place
Spirit of Place pieces bare the textures of special places like springs, stone circles and tors that i have journeyed to. The first thing i do when i arrive at any site, is be silent and absorb the essence of the place, i listen to the voices inhabiting it and hear their stories.
I record my visits in photographs and writing, but what i bring back to the Temple Studio to use in my creations are textures. The tiny hills and valleys of rock and bark textures, the imprints of leaves and flowers. Using a reusable mould material, i take moulds from the stones, trees or plants of each place. If you would like to read about my experiences at some of these places please visit my patreon page where there are some posts that are public, or there are varois tiers if you would like to follow more closely.
I feel that, not only the place itself is held in the textures - all it's memories and wisdoms, but also how it was on the day i visited, who else was there and all else that was an influence the day i took the mould. At times my journey and experience seem as relevant as the place itself, for not much in this world exists in isolation.
When in my studio i use Precious Metal Clay to make beads and other elements from the moulds. I feel the memories of that place, what it remembers, and my experiences of it, are captured in the peaks and valleys of these textures. When i am in my studio i use these textures to bring the essence and wisdom of that place into the things i create.
Each piece of clay is then fired until it turns into pure metal - either copper or fine silver.
Spirit of Place Commissions
I do take commissions for Spirit of Place pieces. I can send the mould material in the post, you can then visit your special place, take the mould yourself and send it to me. Its very simple and i can give more detailed instructions once we are intouch.
The piece you see here was made in this way from the bark of a tree special to the woman who commission it and her partner, who this was a gift for.
I really enjoy this way of working, although i did not visit these places myself, the deep magic and sacredness that each person feels for these places is palpable, even in the moulds, and once the piece is turned to metal the spirit of it truly comes alive.
Making these pieces is wonderful - to give someone a wearable link to their special place so that they can carry the peace, hope, joy, courage or whatever it is that this place gives them on their body when ever and where ever they choose.
These pieces can also serve as a momento of a place special to a couple, friends or family, it can be a reminder of a place or time that something meaningful has happened.
If you would like to commission a piece like this please contact me via my contacts page, explaining what you have in mind.