Raku Monk Assemblage Wreath

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The University I work for recently closed it’s ceramics program. As part of the process, we are going through all of the items left in the pottery building. When going through the building, I collected all of the Raku “Monks” which are small ceramic objects that have a monk-like sculpture the department created to test glazes.

raku monks

I took a few of the monks and displayed them on my shelves in the office, but I still have quite a few that I need to find a home for.

Raku Monks

The first home for one of the monks was created as an assemblage art style wreath made with bits and pieces I had in and around my house. I started with a wreath I had stored in the basement which had been spray painted brown, some dry lily stems that I pulled out of my yard, and left over lace.

assemblage parts

Along with those items, I grabbed some old potpourri, buttons, and one of the monks.  I’m pretty pleased with what I came up with as a finished product.

raku monk assemblage wreath

assemblage wreath closeup

assemblage art wreath closeup

What would you do with a raku monk?

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  1. anna in spain on December 1, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Hmmm…I could see doing something along the lines of placing one on a dish, or a piece of natural branch, and associating a candle or so? along with some dried plants…or piercing the branch/wood as an incense holder…The four in your photo group look more like ghosties than “monks” but that’s just me. I like what you’ve done with the wreath.

    • Andrea on December 1, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      That would be lovely, I may have to do that with another one or two of them.

  2. anna in spain on December 1, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    BTW I’ve discovered that the designer of my “Navidad” fabric that I’m using as central motifs for my crazy quilt is the same one who created the “Virgen de la Caridad” fabric used in your crazy quilt. How’s that for coinkydink?

    • Andrea on December 1, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      How fun! I’m so excited that you’re giving the process a try.

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