This is actually 3 projects that evolved to be one.
I made the chain first simply because I was told I wouldn't be able to do it with clay. Bet me? It was both fun & frustrating getting the links made from fresh clay & putting tiny bits of paper between each one to separate them until they dried. Rather than lift such a fragile piece into the kiln, I made a little tray for the chain to rest on & go in as one piece.
After the chain, I made the hand, looking at my own as a model---my left because I'm left handed. The backside lays flat on the table. It wasn't until I finished it that I considered putting the 2 pieces together. The broken chain with the hand has become a symbol of the mind released from the bonds of tradition & allowed to be creative.
The dish came last & is the only part I'm not totally pleased with. I like the overall shape & the little hump in it but didn't think it thru well enough. The ruffled look around the edge doesn't go well with the rest. I want to make another dish but haven't yet decided what would be best. Perhaps make the rim smoother & turn the edges down towards the table in places? The edge higher on one side? Suggestions?
I added the colored sand to make the piece more cohesive. White sounded best but didn't look right so I went with the charcoal/black.