In a normal year, I would have picked up a new Christmas ornament or two during various trips and travels, but since it’s 2020, I decided to make my own, using the iron oxide printing technique I wrote up in Beyond The Manual:
The text is taken from the song “Julian of Norwich,” whose lyrics are in turn taken from 14thc anchoress and mystic Julian of Norwich’s book Revelations of Divine Love, which is the first book in the English language known to have been written by a woman. The sentiment seemed appropriate for the close of 2020.
The ornament itself was cut out of a quarter inch slab of stoneware clay using a cookie cutter. This glaze is a little finicky and tends to craze (those fine cracks you see), but that doesn’t impact the iron oxide fusing process (it crazes during firing in the kiln, not in the laser). Here’s the bell before I lasered it (center):
This was just the test run; I have a batch of bells ready to etch (and another batch firing today), so this weekend I’ll etch the whole set to give as gifts to family and friends.