Step by Step

2″ x .5 “, glass beads

I learned during my anthropology training that ladders are one of a very few images (along with snakes, actually) that exist in every culture, regardless of whether they’re used regularly in the region. I like them as a metaphor.  One step at a time, connecting, bridging, leading, climbing.  And I like the idea of looking for them where they weren’t meant to be, the way people see faces in rocks and bark and clouds.  In this pendant the beads glitter distractingly, and the path is uneven, but there’s a ladder to climb if you look for it.