Here are a couple of bird inspired bits, relating to my residency at Whitby Museum. The museum has a large collection of Victorian stuffed birds (I am sure there is another name for them!). When I first began my residency I spent quite a lot of time sketching and doodling in that section of the museum, partly as I had always ignored them (a kind of dislike of old stuffed creatures I suppose). Anyway, over the year I have become quite fond of them and developed an obsession with the way in which birds have been used as motifs and patterns on objects everywhere. I made a few glass bird shaped beads which have been in my box of bits since last spring. Anyway, I have now made these. The left hand piece is actually a clasp for a bracelet I am planning. The charm is based upon various ceramic jars and pots in the museum that are long-legged birds. I think they are possibly from Africa originally - but I did also sketch some bird shaped ceramic vessels in the Etruscan museum in Rome while I was on holiday.
The glass bead is my first successful attempt as making a lamp worked glass bead over a silver core.