Westminster, Maryland, United States
I handcraft every flat, round and oddly shaped porcelain bead that I offer.
Skills and Techniques
I use porcelain clay in either its natural state or I mix it with stains to color it. Then I form and smooth each bead by hand. After I have formed many beads, I load them into my kiln for the 1st firing. Eventually, all the beads go back into the kiln or a 2nd time. After the beads come out of the kiln for the last time, I go about the process of incorporating them into jewelry, baubles or I offer them as they are.
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Get to Know
From the beginning, the process of transforming clay into a form has struck me as magical. Over the years, that process has lead me through a cycle of exploration to discovery. Making porcelain beads fills me with a sense of joy and accomplishment, and has proven a most amenable channel for translating inner vision to outer reality. I enjoy the repetitive nature of forming each individual porcelain bead. This repetitive nature of work frees my imagination to envision the embellishment process. The ornamentation of my beads leans toward earthy influences. The swirls of my slip trailing may be viewed as being similar to the delicate tendrils of a vine. As one strives to find balance in their life, I strive to find balance in my work. I have found this balance through the inclusion of celestial objects in my embellishments. Hence the impression of the sun, moon and stars found on some of my porcelain beads are a way of counterbalancing earthy influences.
I view each bead as a little work of art!
Lavender porcelain beads with swirls and dot slipwork.
Tear drop blue porcelain bead with green swirls and tangerine and blue dots, hung on a hand painted silk cord with sterling ends and clasp.
Handcrafted blue porcelain bead with slip work dots.
Handcrafted hollow porcelain dragonfly bead with handcrafted sterling silver bail on a beaded necklace.