Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pottery adornments

I think of these necklaces as good omens. I paint things that bring good luck or happiness.
A rare green bird, a rabbit leaping through a meadow, or a home on a hill with a fireplace crackling inside. And its all because of a special linen thread, dipped in beeswax and imported from Ireland. Once I held it, and began stringing odd buttons and faience beads onto it, I was a goner. That led to finding the right glass beads, subtle colors with alot of emphasis on green.
The cottage necklace. A house shaped bead, accented with an old calico button, a heart painted to look like old crockery and a bee buzzing close by. The clasp is artisan sterling. It hits, this necklace, right above your heart.

A simpler version, with a scalloped heart, and glass accent beads.

This is a bracelet, and its definately a statement piece, because its big. Maybe to be worn with a a whopper of a hand knit sweater. I'm using the 'S' hooks for the necklaces, but for this , I've strung it on wire because it seemed imperative to put the green pearls inbetween the beads. So I'm researching for the best clasp. You see, I'm a potter, not a jeweler, and this whole experience has made me appreciate authentic adornmanet makers like Nina Bagley. For a treat, look thru her sold items at her Etsy store. Things that look like they were worn by heronines and divinities.

A rabbit has stoppped to watch you inbetween his leaps thru a neighboring meadow.
All these necklaces will find their way to my Etsy store.
One week until Thanksgiving! I hope yours is joyful.


My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Let me be the first to say that these are just charming....the cottage is the colors of the beads.....

And the bracelet looks wonderful're right about it going with a chuncky winter sweater....

Love the idea of them bringing good luck..PERFECT !


cabin fever said...


As I catch my breath, let me just say that we have been waiting for these wonderful omens of good luck.

The combination of beads and JW pottery pieces are just awesome - truly your best!

Wearing one of these woud be an honor.

Xoxo Liz

Shelley said...

So them....blessings

susan jenkins said...

Julie, these pieces are beautiful! I love them all! So love the scalloped heart. The flowers!! Love all of your beautiful hand made beads.


Carolyn Parker said...

My heart skipped a beat when I gazed upon these beauties. Oh, you are so talented Julie and keep coming up with the MOST enchanting ideas ever. It is a gift just to know you.
Love and cranberries,
Pearly Mae's Mom

pammalu said...

oh golly, these are just too too lovely.
the little cottage charm just makes me crazy happy!
you've paired them all so perfectly with each other and all the little beads you chose.
You are a potter AND a jeweler!
They are magical!!

farmlady said...

And now she makes jewelry too. Oh my! What a gift she has, that Julie. When will the creativity end..., NEVER I hope.
Beautiful, charming and ..., just so pretty. C.

Delila Jemaiel said...


it is funny that i have begun also to create some jewelries with waxed cotton thread...
your jewelries look wonderful Julie!!!


julie Haymaker thompson said...

Don't let my sister see these cuties!!! Her hubby is mad enough at her spending TEEE HEEE Hugs Julie

Aunt Jenny said...

Oh Julie!! They are just wonderful. I especially LOVE LOVE LOVE the one one with the little house!

Vintage Fairy Tales Rebecka said...

What a joy to wear a Fairy Tale around your neck.
I hope such a happy necklace will be mine one day

oldflowers4me said...

ooooooooohhhhhhhhh...the first one with the bird and the lantern button,it made my heart sing-

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Hi Julie, it's great to be back online and to catch up on what everyone is doing! I love your necklaces and bracelet - they're beautiful. Best wishes. Lesley

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

I want to thank you all, your comments have spurred me on to create some Winter necklaces,
posting Christmas ornaments soon.

cabin fever said...

How exciting! I bet winter necklaces bring twice as much good luck, too.

And those ornaments................just the best!

Happy Thanksgiving to you, my dear.

a mermaids purse said...

wow i love them! you may be a potter but your talent is endless! and such great little charming jewels you make x such inspiration!

millhill said...

Oh I want to make very cute and wonderful your pieces of pottery are! I found you through Kary and am happy I did!

Maggie Ann said...

Ooh, I like them, I like them!!!

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