Glass, porcelain, found objects, 1″x1″
Sometimes the most beautiful things are the ones that are made through struggle. Their irregularity is striking, their story is told through their texture. This pendant includes examples of “perfected” beauty that has been valued by American culture for hundreds of years- a gold design on a piece of porcelain from a plate that was treasured by an American family connected to the Daughters of the American Revolution, and glass that shimmers like diamonds. Next to these is a very different type of beauty- rough glass beads that were painstakingly ground up from recycled bottles, packed into clay molds and fired in earthen kilns made from termite mounds in Ghana. Both types of beauty tell layered stories of wealth, patience and craftsmanship. I think there’s something healthy about recognizing beauty of all kinds.