Sara (http://www.etsy.com/shop/EarthenMe) is just amazing. Reading her item descriptions is reason enough to go to her shop.
“EarthenMe is about reconnecting to our distant tribal histories to remember lost connections between earth and people. You won’t find resin copies of figurines, electric fired pottery or commercial findings in my jewellery. My work is about lost truths, it is about pure material, process, symbolism and touch. It is the importance of every day objects that remind us and keep us grounded.
My work combines archaeology and reconstruction archaeology, women’s studies, art history and the wish to keeping ancient traditions alive. I make replicas for education and museums, and through delivering museum outreach and reconstruction archaeology to schools and local communities I have developed a love of ancient figurines and a need to understand how and why these objects evoke the strong response they stimulate in so many of us. We feel the need to handle them, and I love to bring these much loved figures and their meaning back to life, taking them from behind the dusty glass of museums, and bringing them back into our hands and homes where they belong.
By recreating replicas of prehistoric figurines and pottery, I recognise the process, the hand of another maker, the tools used and also something of the maker’s creative relationship with the elements.
The jewellery is an extension of this…. from a need to wear and share the symbols of our ancestors. Jewellery provides me the space to create imaginings of lost European tribal aesthetics and to reflect ancient symbolism within modern design and silversmithing.
Please visit http://earthen.me/ for more info and images of what I do.”