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is a broad term that encompasses all forms of fired clay products. The most common type of ceramic bodies that are used are:
- Earthenware is the type of ceramic body that is generally referred to as ceramic. It is a porus body that is usually glazed to achieve durability and beautiful colors and designs. It is a 'low fire' body generally fired to temperatures less than 2000 F.
- Porcelain which is a strong vitreous body that is usually transluscent when fired. It is considered a 'high fire' body generally being fired to 2300 F (1200 C) or higher temperatures.
- Stoneware is a strong body frequently used for ovenware. It is opaque and also a 'high fire' body. These comprise the most commonly used clay bodies.
Our Featured Artist Is
Porcelain Beads and Pendants and Native items
Recently I have been working on creating a line of pieces that feature designs from the ancient Mimbres Indians. They are a group of indians that lived in the southwestern New Mexico area around 1000 AD. They are known for their striking black and white designs, primarily on bowls. I have brought these designs over to porcelain jewerly components. You can find out more about the Mimbres and see the pottery that I do that also incorporates their designs on my Native American website
I work primarily in porcelain but also do work with stoneware and two types of native clay which I have dug and refined myself. My work includes many interesting and unique techniques such as slip trailing, piercing, and china painting.
I really enjoy doing unique one of a kind hand built pieces. I also cast many pieces from original molds which I make myself. Beautiful florals, landscapes and animal portraits along with delicate pierced designs and unique hand formed pieces make for varied and interesting choices and keep the work interesting as well.
In addition to beads, pendants, jewelry and the like I also make Native American Pottery and dollhouse miniatures. I started in porcelain over 25 years ago doing large porcelain dolls. From that I moved to miniatures which I have been doing for about 23 years now. Then in 1997 I branched out into porcelain jewelry designs and bead making, looking to enter the Native American market with porcelain jewelry with a Native American theme and feel. As fate would have it the Native American Community accepts the pottery more readily and I have been making Southeastern Mound builder style pottery and contemporary potter for the last few years as well as the beads, buttons, jewelry and miniatures.
I hope you will visit my bead site listed below and if you are interested also check out my Native American Art
and my Dollhouse Miniatures
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Tutorial in Apr/May Step by Step Wire,Various Native American Awards
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