Rose Petal Clay Beads:
I create hand-rolled rose-petal clay beads using an old tried and true recipe. I often collect fallen petals from bushes I pass, or I'm gifted flowers from anniversaries and memorials.
The beads used in my current collection are made from rose petals collected in Georgia and from the streets of New Orleans.
I'm in the practice of using animal bones in the creation of my jewelry. All animal remains are respectfully treated and are gifted to me by skilled hunters or found. I do not intentionally harm animals for the sake of art. To give thanks to the animal for its sacrifice, cedar and wild South Dakota sage is offered with each creation.
I've always had a close relationship with roses.
When I was a small child, I would seek refuge in a billowing cluster of white rambling roses of my childhood home. My mother would find me there, often deep in thought or reading. As a youth, when I celebrated the onset of womanhood, I was gifted a sterling silver rose ring which I've worn without removal for 15 years. As a young adult, I began collecting and drying roses from suitors and lost loved ones. As my collections grew, I began to seek out ways to preserve the beauty and fragrance of each rose. To me, each rose embodied the essence of those who had touched my life. Eventually, my mother, who found my practice of collecting dried roses as a bit morbid and melancholy, suggested that I preserve my collection in a more beautiful and monumental way; It was then that I learned to create rose petal clay beads.