Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Inspired by Reading Book Club (March): An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor

Here I am back - I have been absent for some time from this group and have missed it tremendously. Andrew Thornton of The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton has been our gracious host since the beginning of this group. The above link provides a recap of the Challenge for March as well as a few details of the group. Andrew selects a very interesting group of books to read - not all my favourites - but definitely expanding my reading style. I can honestly say I have enjoyed all the books I have read in the group and I have read more than I have created with.

The selection for March, An Irish Country Doctor, has been a particular favorite of mine. An "easy" read it has led me to read more of the books in this series. But inspiration? I had a hard time with this --- colour seems to be my inspiration lately. But "green" is so cliché. I wanted more. But what? After much contemplating with no ideas, I received a package in the mail. An order I had forgotten about ---- but I made up my mind very quickly ----- green it was - with a brass stencil of a number - 1, Main Street,  Ballubucklebo - the address of Doctors O'Reilly and Laverty.


I torch fired the number onto a copper blank - the hint of blue is from over firing. I was going to redo it but decided to leave it - the house number would be old so I decided to leave it with the "aged appearance". The ceramic pieces are a very subtle green (for Ireland??) or perhaps for the bricks on the house or perhaps for the moss that I am sure would be abundant.

The links to other participants can be found on Andrew's blog.

Enjoy!

16 comments:

  1. Love the piece AND the book sounds like something for me... I rarely read fiction anymore :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting - and yes the book is an easy but entertaining read - the characters are very well developed. Finding time to read is a real luxury for me as well.

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  2. Great necklace!! Love the big Number 1. Very fitting. Captures so much of the book as it is the hub of the story.

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    1. Thank you - I also love the number - I think I am going to try more enamel work.

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  3. What a beautifully designed necklace! The "bricks" and the pendant, and the color definitely bring back the book!

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate your comment.

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  4. Wow, that is super cool! I love the layered effect of all those ceramic pieces and the subtle colors you used. Glad to see you back!

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    1. Thank you. It is good to be back - I always enjoy the variety and quality this group produces.

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  5. I can just picture the pebbled walls of 1 Main Street! What a great idea! What a beautiful necklace! What a fun read!

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    1. Thanks - I find it so enjoyable to see everyone's interpretations. We all read the same book but our interpretations are so varied.

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  6. Wow, this piece is so great. I love the pendant and the layered look of it all.

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    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate your comment.

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  7. This is great! I love all the texture. It has a studded look that reminded me of some of cobblestone buildings. And your pendant is great! I love the little pops of blue from the over-firing. Nicely done! Thanks so much for participating again and for playing along!

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    1. Thanks Andrew, I appreciate your kind words. Thank you again for all your work on behalf of the book club.... Your selections are often challenging but never boring! I am happy to be back.

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  8. This is a really nice piece! Love the pendant and how it fits so nicely into the other beads, just like I had imagined their house number would fit into the stone...
    I love to see what all the participants create each month. Hope to see your creation next month too!
    Rachel

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I also love this hop. The work is so varied.

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