December 1, 2009
in order to use these found objects for my ceramic purposes, i have become a moldmaker. (every new mold is declared to be my 'prettiest', so i'm definitely getting better all the time! the promise of a good mold to work with makes the process not so daunting anymore...) the best part of making a new mold of the pattern from the bottom of a vintage pickle dish, for example, is seeing the 'negative' of the pattern in the plaster. even though your eyes can look at the glass original and see a diamond impression, the 'negative' of the same is always a fantastic surprise! so then i'll have to make a mold of the mold to be able to use both 'positive' and negative' images for my accessories... this idea has been translated into my newest earring designs -- i've been calling them 'same same but different'. when you look at the pair of earrings, they are definitely a pair -- no question. but looking closer, you discover that one is the positive and one is the negative.