Earring Trees have remained a popular item. These are a couple of the ones that most recently came out of the kiln. The very first one I ever made was for myself. I love earrings and have collected quite a few over the years. I was tired of always having to rummage through a drawer to see what earrings I had and I could never find its match when I wanted it. One afternoon I was strolling through a glass blowing shop and in the corner were a few pieces of pottery. One of these items was an earring jar. I was intrigued looking at it. What a brilliant idea! I wish I could say it was my original idea…it was not, but my design looks completely different from the one I saw. When I saw it I thought, that is just what I need. I am going to change it though. I want more holes to hold more earrings. I wanted a deeper and wider cup that could hold rings or bracelets. I also want to have some place to put my stud earrings. With that, I decided to create my own version of this piece.
I had mine for a couple of years until one sad day when I dropped it on the hard wood floor and broke it in two! When I began exploring crystalline glazing, I wanted to try the earring tree (which is what I have named them) again, but glazed in crystalline. The glaze instantly added a whole new element to the piece. It is a piece of art in itself, but you personalize it when you fill it with your own earrings and jewelry. That is one of the things I love most about the earring tree: it becomes your own work of art to sit on your dresser or vanity adorned with your earrings. All those colors, textures, and designs catch your eye in a unique way. It is as if you have created your own sculpture. Plus, you will always know where that other earring is! The earring jar I first came upon in the glass shop held about 20 pairs of earrings. My earring trees generally hold 50-70 pairs of earrings!
These will be at the show in just a couple of weeks!