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Making Roulettes

Roulettes are wheels of impressed pattern which I use on clay slabs to make the skin of my dragons and other textured designs.

The symbols used on the skin of my dragons have a lot of meanings. There are ankhs, runes, I-Ching hexagrams, five-pointed-stars, suns, leaves and fish motifs which are incorporated within abstract designs inspired by Islamic tiles and fabrics, Medieval calligraphy and Celtic decoration.

I use lots of different, very random objects to make the repeating patterns on my roulettes. These include bits of jewellery, buttons, beads, casts of more fragile objects, shells, seeds, fabric, metal braid, copper pipe off-cuts and pen lids.


This is how I make roulettes: