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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.
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This unique porcelain jewelry was developed while I was living in Guatemala. I decided to make some jewelry for my gallery, and it just took off from there! Soon, necklaces, bracelets and earrings became my best sellers!
In the beginning, I was using all native Guatemalan materials for the beads, such as ground obsidian, jade powder, mica and native basalt, as well as hand dug clay......
Now back in the U.S., I continue to explore contemporary colored porcelain and still use a great deal of native materials. The beads are high fired, then tumbled in a rock tumbler for a beautiful shine.
My pieces, I hope, reflect both a mastery of materials and design. The porcelain contains volcanic river basalt, which I hand dug in Guatemala, and as far as I know, I am the only artist to use it. It gives a depth and an unique and unusual stonelike quality to the polished pieces.
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