Delft pottery is traditional blue and white pottery made in and around Delft in the Netherlands. I’ve created some lovely little Delft-inspired ornaments which are pretty on a tree branch coated with mode podge and epsom salts.
I used oven bake clay that was rolled out flat, I pressed a mould into the surface and cut out circles with a cookie cutter. After curing in the oven I wiped the raised pattern of the hardened ornament with an indigo paint. On another version I painted the whole surface and wiped off the excess to create a tone on tone effect.
There is something about the simplicity of a monochromatic, under-done Christmas that really appeals to me. Perhaps it’s a reaction to the glitz and commercialism that we are surrounded by on a daily basis but I’m finding myself drawn to unfinished, natural and handmade materials and ornaments. I’m feeling a lot like Linus when he makes that wonderful speech at the end of the Charlie Brown Christmas special.
I find these simple little ornaments hung on bare branches really attractive and festive in a quiet and unassuming way.
I made them by pressing oven-bake clay from the craft store into a simple silicon mould of a leaf and then cutting it out with a small round cookie cutter.
Combined with a branch that I found in the woods while walking the dog they are the perfect simple alternative Christmas tree for a small space. These would also make sweet, little, keepsake gift tags as well.