Argyromancy, or What the Silver Told Me.

In Finland it is called uudenvuoden tina, and in Turkey it’s kurşun dökmek, Molybdomancy is use of molten metals in divination.  Molybdos is lead in ancient greek. There are also records of its use in Celtic folk tradition practiced on Beltane Eve or Samhain.

In Nordic countries, the metal objects are held to candlelight, and their silhouettes became part of the divining process.

Lately I’ve been trying my hand at this, except instead of lead or tin, I’m using sterling silver.

The water casting process fascinates me– as it uses the elements of fire, water, earth and air in a kind of formative ritual. Using a blow torch, scrap silver is melted down in a ceramic crucible and then dunked quickly into a bucket of cold water. (It speaks!  the hissing steam was often a portent).  I love seeing what has formed, what messages the silver has for me. These  auguries inspire my designs.

A selection of recent water cast pieces

Feral Strumpet at North East Open Studios


This year I will be taking part in the North East Open Studios arts festival in its 15th year. Artists across Aberdeenshire have opened their studios to the public for nine days in September, to celebrate the wealth of artists, craftspeople and makers in this area of Northern Scotland.

Photo of Fiona Duckett at Potfest by Christine Cox

This will be my first year at NEOS and I’m honoured to be showing my work with potter Fiona Duckett at her beautiful studio and gallery in a converted chapel, Watergaw Ceramics.

The gallery will be open September 8th-10th, and the 13th-16th from 10am to 5pm.  You can also join us on the opening Saturday the 8th for special libations and some music in the late afternoon from Gerald Duncan on guitar and Neil Hankin on banjo.

To find out about the myriad artists and makers taking part in NEOS this year, you can download the PDF of the book here. Find below the local Banffshire Coast map. 

 

Turkish Delight, Crystal Balls and Beer Quartz!

The recent shop update for August 10th.

Old Favourites are back along with some new designs in this week’s shop update. Find a one of a kind unakite bib necklace inspired by the three Norns, Crystal ball earrings in sterling silver as well as micro-faceted beer quartz every day earrings. (These make an elegant and original gift for the craft beer fan.) Also back is the Turkish delight rose quartz necklace as well as the shorter, lighter Morrigan gothic glasses chain. Find them all in the what’s new section at Feralstrumpet.co.uk