Pan cries at the spoiling of the Earth
Pan cries at the spoiling of the Earth

Clay, oil paint

 2.25 inches tall, 1.9 inches wide, and 0.9 inches deep

I am often inspired by Greek mythology, and I imagined poor Pan today seeing the destruction of the environment. 

Pan cries at the spoiling of the Earth
Pan cries at the spoiling of the Earth

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Head of woman in green and pink kerchief
Head of woman in green and pink kerchief

I made this clay pendant necklace in honor of all those wonderful 50's horror films, sci-fi and Hitchcock masterpieces.  This character's expression is frozen in a moment of astonishment, while her light brown hair and pink and green kerchief flutter in the wind. What could she be looking at?  Aliens spotted at the drive-in? killer birds? the blob?

I made the pendant out of clay, fired it, then finished it with acrylic paints and sealer.  This hand sculpted figure is one of a kind.  It is 2.5 inches tall, 1.75 inches wide, and 1 inch deep.  It hangs from two strands of black waxed cotton cord.  The finding is a nickel free lobster clasp and ring.  

Pendant inspired by Pope Innocent X
Pendant inspired by Pope Innocent X

Pope Francis' recent visit to Philadelphia had me thinking about two of my favorite works of art: Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocente X, and Francis Bacon's Study after Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocente X.  Both portray a darker, (and in Bacon's painting, terrifying),  depiction of a man in power.  

The pope I've made here is inspired by these works, and the tradition of wearing religious icons as jewelry.  The most notable exception here is that this pope figure was not made in order to be venerated.  Instead, he was made to reflect the very human and complex side of a powerful figure in a world religion. 

This fired clay pendant is 1.4 inches tall, 1.6 inches wide and 1 inch deep.  It is painted with acrylic paints and sealer.  The pendant hangs from an approximately 17 inch black waxed cotton cord with a  nickel free finding.

Lost Boy Pendant Necklace, Little John (in Peter Pan) in bunny pajamas
Lost Boy Pendant Necklace, Little John (in Peter Pan) in bunny pajamas

I love how J.M. Barrie's Lost Boys in Peter Pan embody the true spirit of play- where children can be heroes and animals and become more than they thought they could be.  I made this pendant while remembering all the wonderfully primal (and sometimes savage) play of my childhood. 

This fired clay pendant is 1.5 inches tall, .75 inches wide, and .7 inches deep.  It is painted with acrylic and oil paints, and finished with a varnish.  It hangs from an approximately 17 inch black waxed cotton cord with a nickel-free finding.  

Greek god pendant necklace, Zephyr, god of the West wind
Greek god pendant necklace, Zephyr, god of the West wind

As a big "fan" of Greek mythology, I loved the idea of sculpting a Greek god to wear.  Zephyr, the god of the West wind, brings the gentle spring breezes with just a soft exhalation...

 I sculpted this pendant out of clay, and finished it with gold and silver acrylic paints .  Zephyr is 1.75 inches tall, 1.6 inches wide, and 0.75 inches deep.  The pendant hangs from a nickel free jump ring, and is attached to a black waxed cotton cord.  The simple hook and ring finding is also nickel free and easy to work. 

Man in the Moon pendant necklace
Man in the Moon pendant necklace

"The Man in the Moon" is a "wearable sculpture" I made out of clay, then finished with acrylic paint. It is 1 inch tall, 1 inch wide, and about 0.6 of an inch deep.  I

Shiva figure head
Shiva figure head

While studying Indian Art, I learned about the fascinating Hindu deity, Shiva. Shiva embodies both male and female attributes, and is at once a god of transformation and of unchanging essence. (Shiva is also considered to be patron of the arts!) Shiva is often depicted with the river Ganges flowing through his hair. In this pendant, I exaggerated his usually cone-shaped hairstyle to be a bit more like a tornado or maelstrom. His all-seeing eyes about to witness a great transformation. This fired clay pendant is 2.3 inches tall, 1.3 inches wide, and 0.9 inches deep. It is painted with gold and black acrylic paint. It hangs from an approximately 17 inch black waxed cotton cord with a nickel free finding.

Meditating head of a bodhisattva
Meditating head of a bodhisattva

Have you found enlightenment yet? I made this clay head of a bodhisattva with her eyes closed in meditation. Soft coral colored peaks create an aura of calm around her face and head. This pendant hangs from an approximately 16 inch black waxed cotton cord, and is finished with nickel free findings.

Bandito Rabbit Stud Earrings
Bandito Rabbit Stud Earrings

Bandito Rabbit, a streetwise coney on a mission, pursues his mark to the end -all for the good of the warren, of course! 

I was inspired to make these clay rabbits after witnessing a rather clever escape- and imagined what it would be like if the shoe were on the other foot...

These clay stud earrings are 1.25 inches tall, 0.8 inches wide, and 0.125 inches deep.  I fired the earrings and then finished them with black, white, pink and silver acrylic paint.

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Angry Man in a bunny suit
Angry Man in a bunny suit

I made this pendant while listening to a story about the effect of other people's expectations upon us. I imagined myself in the position of Ralphie from "A Christmas Story" ; guilted into wearing his aunt's homemade Christmas gift, he trudges down the stairs in a head to toe pink Easter Bunny costume. As I worked on this sculpture, I was reminded of all the times I have allowed others' expectations to influence me. This figure could be shouting "Bleh!" - a reminder to think twice before donning the proverbial bunny suit! This clay sculpture is 1.5 inches tall, 1.25 inches wide, and 0.75 inches deep. I fired the clay, and then finished it with acrylic paints. It hangs from a nickel-free jump ring, and is suspended upon a black waxed cotton cord. The finding is an easy to work hook and ring.