This is the latest in a series of bud vases that I have been working on. Each one is nature themed. Pond Life reminds me of walking at the edge of our pond during the summer looking for bullfrogs. Peeking silently through the cattails in hopes of catching a glimpse of the frogs, fishes or dragonflies. This bud vase was created using Argentium silver, a highly tarnish resistant silver. The images are chased and repoussé into the surface with areas being cut away during the chasing of the front of the vessel. The catkins have been textured while the surface of the cattail leaves are highly polished. The vase rests on a lily pad of Argentium silver with a small, cast, sterling silver frog perched at its edge. Forged cattail branches encircle the base. A blown blue glass insert allows the vase to be functional.