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As part of the fantasy series I have made a piece inspired by each one of the four Hogwarts Houses.
I loved the Harry Potter universe as a child. The story really expanded my imagination in ways nothing else had and like so many other people it became a beloved part of my childhood. I really identified with the characters and imagining which house I would have been sorted into was so much fun as a kid. I know it is just a silly categorising system but I did feel that Hufflepuff suited me best. Which house would you have been sorted into?
When I decided I wanted to make Harry Potter inspired pieces I knew I wanted to use the houses and their common rooms as inspiration. The places students would call home and feel most themselves felt like a good match for affirmations and seeing the best in your life. I spent a long time thinking about what a person from each house might need to hear. Not what their house is known for and what attributes they might already identify with, but rather the ones they might struggle with.
Slytherins are known for being ambitious, cunning and determined. This can make people assume that they are cold, that they will put themselves before all others and do anything to get ahead. I do not think this is true of all Slytherins. Yes ambition is a trait that they aspire to have but compassion and ambition are not mutually exclusive. Some of the most ambitious people in the world are ambitious for a cause. They fight every day for big changes that could benefit all of us. You are not automatically a selfish person because you are ambitious.
Having an object with you that reminds you to evaluate your ambition. To remember that not only are you powerful and capable of achieving your goals but that power can be used for good in the world.
For this reason I chose this affirmation for this piece;
"I can hold ambition and compassion in my heart".
The multiple layers of enamel create a 3D effect and give the elusion of space that you can really feel. This token depicts a dark and regal high backed chair waiting to be sat in and enjoyed with a good book by candlelight. But what is lurking outside the big windows? Do you know that the Slytherin common room is under the lake? Could that be the famed giant squid?
The enamel technique I use creates a stained glass effect and it therefore gets even more beautiful when you hold it up to the light.
Each of the large fantasy affirmation tokens is hand cut from 3 sheets of sterling silver and hand enamelled using glass vitreous enamels and the plique-à-jour technique. For more on vitreous enamels please see the FAQ's page.