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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.
Ravenclaws are known for being intelligent, creative and original. They are often thought of as the ones who achieve great accolades in their pursuit of knowledge. They can also be seen as rather arrogant. I think that being in a group of people that are all achieving great things could be very intimidating. You could easily equate your own self worth to how much you achieve.
Ravenclaws like Luna Lovegood embraced the creative side of the Ravenclaw personality and was not afraid to be 100% herself. She knew who she was and she knew she was worthy of love and friendship.
Having an object with you that reminds you that you are always worthy no matter what you achieve can be so freeing. You are worthy because you are alive not because of any goal you have achieved.
For this reason I chose this affirmation for this piece;
"I am worth more than my achievements".
The multiple layers of enamel create a 3D effect and give the elusion of space that you can really feel. This token depicts the favourite pastime of most Ravenclaws, star gazing. With reference books and a chart that doubles as a decorative banner, ever resourceful Ravenclaws, you can spend hours looking out the tower window at the splendid cosmos. Did you notice the tiny globe perched on top of the books?
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.