If you are reading this blog then you probably already know that I make jewellery with a material called metal clay. It's not a well known material so I was really pleased to see it featuring on a programme on BBC1. The programme is called Countryfile and a metal clay artist called Emma Mitchell was featured, interviewed by Anita Rani. Emma talked about the mental health benefits of getting out into the countryside and getting inspiration from nature and natural surroundings. They picked leaves and other natural materials and used them to make moulds and silver jewellery.
It's fantastic that silver clay was featured on TV as it raises awareness of the material. The metal clay world is quite small but I haven't met Emma yet although she is also teaching at the You Can Make It metal clay conference in March so I am looking forward to meeting her there.
You can watch the programme here on the BBC iplayer until 6th March 2018 (but only if you're in the UK unfortunately). The piece on metal clay starts around 45 minutes in.
If you're inspired to make silver clay jewellery with leaves and natural materials then you're in luck! I am teaching a special beginners class with a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh where we will make moulds and collect fallen leaves. We will then make silver clay jewellery with our unique moulds inspired by nature. If you'd like to know more about this course and see some more inspiring photos then check out the information on my website here.
|Samples for my Silver Botanics: inspired by nature class|