The double scalloped blue slag pieces are set in sterling silver and connected with a handmade sterling silver chain. The silver texture is roller printed with linen. The chain measures 5.5 inches. Each piece measures between 1.5' and 1.25".
I grew up with the belief that things that were salvaged, reclaimed, rescued from being discarded had value. From the floors of our house (made from boards out of an old Courthouse in North Alabama) to the dining room table at the Gulf House (made from an old bowling alley floor) to some footstools (made from camel saddles my grandfather had brought home when he was stationed overseas).
I remember after Hurricane Frederick in 1979 picking up hundreds of boards along the beach to rebuild our wharf that had been blown away. And on several occasions, I remember my Dad saying the old adage, “They don’t make things like they used to.” He also used to say, “use what you’ve got”. From all of these messages, I got in my head that old things, used things that were already broken in, were better.
This collection comes from that place. Using this blue slag, a by-product of smelting iron is my interpretation of salvaging, reclaiming, rescuing this beautiful material from being discarded. I love that this material has been made by essentially melting the iron embedded in the earth. Such a beautiful product that is the color of the sky or a beautiful blue sea (or Gulf).
I think of these pieces as being symbolic. Symbolizing our reclaiming of beautiful old parts of the self we’ve discarded. Parts that have weathered the storm and have come out wiser than ever before. What parts would you like to reclaim?