Signs and glyphs in lapis lazuli
My idea was to create pieces which would provide striking colour and at the same time hint at another layer of meaning. I cut the stones myself.
Here are three thematically linked pendants where I used laminated stones to get pattern, and combined them with various patterns produced by the natural world.
I love this one. The beautiful dark lapis lazuli, like the night sky flecked with some stars.
Here’s the back, life size:
I had some lapis lazuli and, since the Medicine Buddha, the Buddhist image of healing, is commonly imagined as lapis lazuli-coloured or even made of lapis lazuli, I thought I’d make an abstraction of his face for a pendant.
I started out making the hair out of obsidian but the material was too brittle and liable to chip.
So I found some jet (fossilised coal), and after a bit of fiddling about, was able to produce a form that satisfies me. The silver part was carved in wax and cast. I used epoxy mixed with jet dust for the seams.
Here’s the finished item, actual size:
I really like angels, although I don’t ‘believe in’ them. This cabochon blue lace agate suggested the sky, and seemed to want an angel presiding over it.
It started as a quick sketch on a block of wax.
And it the end I got this somewhat pensive angel. The head is about the size of a pea.