Here is Kylie's tent bead - I love her execution of the idea. For mine, I had planned to do a more khaki color scheme. I like her use of copper patina green with accents of aqua. I think she nailed it! For more of her work, go to Kylie Parry Studios.
But instead I felt compelled to turn to some even older ideas...
We sometimes find Turkey feathers around our cabin, like this one:
Here are some examples of feathers used for sacred purposes (out of respect, I won't go into the exact nature/meaning of these). These two are Angwusnasomtaka (Crow Mother) and Tawa (Sun Spirit).
This is my first run of the feathers in an "ombre" glaze. These reflect the very first sketches I made in the upper left of the above drawing. I had originally thought to airbrush the glazes, but I found that a much simpler dry brush method worked quite well.
Another recent concept from sketch to clay, "The Maker":
Another concept I have been playing with; some of these were inspired by a collaboration with Rebekah Payne using her "Speckled Beads" for a Component of the Month challenge last year on Art JewelryElements...
Here is Rebekah's bead:
And other beads I have since made; I am continuing to evolve this form...
What's next on my table? I have several sketches I've worked up but never executed. I typically have dozens more ideas in sketches than I am ever able to make into clay or other works. I was once advised never to publish my sketches on an internet site lest the ideas they portray be stolen. This goes entirely against method of working, however. My sketch books - which go way back in years - are critical to my creative process and are every bit as much a part of my body of work as the executed forms that may follow. Moreover, I was taught by years of experience and by corporate edict (by IP attorneys at companies I used to design for) that sketches and notes are considered established basis for ownership of my ideas for the purpose of defending my copyrights and patents. So it was a habit I formed early on. But really that is not the main reason I maintain a sketchbook - I do it as an integral part of my creative process. If you don't already have a practice like this, I invite you to try it out - you will be amazed at what it does for your own creative flow.