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Pebble Ring with Large Claw Setting

Maike Barteldres

Sterling silver ring with natural greywacke pebble. This pebble came from Birdlings Flat on the Banks Peninsular.

Ring is size Q 1/2 and approximate height is 32 mm

Maike:

The first artistic act is to walk along the beach and pick the right pebble...

I believe that stone is not a dead material but animated, though at a very slow pace.  When working with a pebble, I have respect for the enormous space of time it took for the rock to form and then to be shaped by the elements.

 My attitude towards nature has changed since moving to New Zealand.

Trips to the beach with the dog are part of my routine. Pebbles and gravel are part of my daily life on my way to work and during weekends in nature. The different types and qualities of the stones and the emotional connection to the landscapes they come from suggest how to use them and influence the design.