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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.
Hufflepuffs are known for being kind, loyal and good friends but they are often seen as the "all the rest" house; the people that aren't as brave or as clever or as ambitious as the other houses and have to just go somewhere. This can lead to them being seen as the weak house with qualities that aren't as useful, but kindness is an often overlooked strength.
Kindness is what leads characters like Newt Scamander and Nymphadora Tonks to follow their hearts and live the lives that they want, all while being loved and appreciated by others.
Having an object with you that reminds you to take the time to be kind, not only to others but to yourself too, can be a source of inner strength.
For this reason I chose this affirmation for this piece;
"My kindness is my strength".
The multiple layers of enamel create a 3D effect and give the elusion of space that you can really feel. This token depicts a warm and sunny day in the Hufflepuff common room. Light streams in from the round windows and shows off their many, many house plants. The shadows from the window create interesting shapes on the comfortable and welcoming furniture. It is a warm and lovely place to be. Did you notice the tiny Hufflepuff cup on the shelf?
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.