My first fidgity evening there I picked apart a mini pine cone. One of the scales kept a thread of it's stem and it looked so much like a lilly that I had to save it. I put some gold leaf underneath and three tiny gold glass balls in the center to represent stamens. My little fantasy flower. There were lovely Iris' and other flowers all over the campus.
Debbie Rijn, a Senior Instructor from South Africa brought some porcupine quills (and other treasures) to sell and I bought a few. Man are those things sharp!! Take care if you're ever face to face with one in the wild.
The little shard of bronze clay was a breaker in one of my firings. The leaf pattern represents the stunningly beautiful deciduous forests of Tennessee.
So this is my little reliquary. My "Woodland Altar". My tribute to the Smokey Mountains.