We did a lot of crafts in my house when I was a kid. My mom was always excellent at planning activities – maybe in part because of her background as a special ed teacher – and so we were always taping peanut shells onto construction paper, or turning wooden spools into snowmen’s bowties, or painting just about anything that could be painted. Maybe all these crafts are what turned us into a bunch of art-making weirdos. Thanks, Mom!
One of our favorite mediums was sculpey, as we did best (especially Melissa, who went on to art school) with no plan and no rules. So we would just make whatever we wanted out of clay, our mom would bake them up, and then probably we’d forget about our little creations and make something new the next day.
I was looking through Instagram recently, and came upon these really interesting clay pieces. I can’t for the life of me find them again, but I saw enough to give me some ideas. I was early to a meeting in Central Square on a rainy day, so I ducked into an art supply store, and spent my time picking out some clay.
This necklace has been referred to as a pan flute, candy cigarettes, and a more general, “what even is that?” It has no particular reference, but it certainly did appear in my mind and ask to get made.
First, I chose two different colors that I wanted to work with. Then I mushed together little chunks of each color. I knew I wanted each of the little bars to be of different lengths, and to have the colors reach different heights, so I purposefully had my chunks be different sizes.