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Willow Tree Designs

Taken from her Etsy Profile

I am a studio artist who works with both stoneware and porcelain clay to create unique jewelery as well as functional pottery. One of my favorite parts of going to craft sales are the trades I make with other artisans for their work and for supplies. I have been making pottery for about 30 years and my husband and I both make functional stoneware and porcelain pieces. The pottery pieces are created on the wheel with stoneware and porcelain clays that are fired in both gas and electric kilns. I plan to offer a full range of my functional work on Etsy.

This pendant has been handcrafted from stoneware clay and then glazed with multiple layers of glaze applied by hand. It measures 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. Brushwork in a contrasting glaze enhances the natural lines of this pendant. The cord is commercial, and measures 16 inches with an extender that allows for an extra 2 1/2 inches of length.

The newest work I've undertaken is a line of clay and semiprecious stone jewelry. I've found myself to be a bit of a gem-hound and bead-a-holic. This porcelain pendant is handcrafted, glazed on both sides and has been signed by the artist. It is glazed with a deep cobalt blue glaze , and then fired a second time with a hand-painted white gold over-glaze luster. It also features a fine sterling silver bail and a silk cord that measures 18 inches in length. The pendant is 2 inches in length and 5/8 inches in width. This one is perfect with either jeans or that little black dress.

I love glazes that are warm and earthy and draw most of my inspiration from the pottery tradition introduced by the British potters in the post WW2 era, and the colors that dominate the prairie landscape. I love to make large bowls and platters. Lately I have been working to produce a line of slab-built pottery that will introduce a wider variety of shapes and color palette to my work.

This lovely porcelain pendant with silver and gold appliqué luster was crafted by the artist from porcelain clay,is glazed on both sides, fired to 2300 degrees, then k gold and platinum lusters are applied to portions of the pendant and it is re-fired to mature the luster. Silver plated bail on a sterling silver 18 inch chain. The money from this sale will be donated to the DAWN'S KIDS fund. Perfect for that angel in your life. Pendant measures 1 1/2 inches from the tip of the bail.

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