Every Christmas I do enjoy a bit of homemade making of Christmas Decorations; in recent years I have been making 3D, flat, and sewn paper decorations. This year I thought I’d try my hand at some ceramic hanging decorations. So here is the first stage: I used cookie cutters to cut out shapes from air-dry clay which I rolled flat with a rolling pin. I have pressed various items, such as textile leaves, a round pencil, a sewing roller tool and a ceramic needle tool, into some of the clay shapes to get interesting textures. I used a ceramic needle tool to make holes in the shapes so that later I can thread them with ribbon or thread for hanging. I need to wait about a week before I can start to decorate the clay shapes.
(All photographs © Catherine Cronin)