Clay Jewelry Care
 

There are many questions that arise when considering clay jewelry, so I thought it would be helpful to write a quick guide on durability and care for Little Clay Studio's wearable art.

 Our infinity-bound necklace in Flamingo.

Our infinity-bound necklace in Flamingo.

Durability

When we learn that a piece of jewelry is made from porcelain we might think of dinnerware we've dropped and the torment of it shattering into pieces.  Commercial dishware is typically mass-produced and single-fired to keep manufacturing costs low, which makes for fragile products that can easily chip and break.  A single-fired piece is just that: clay that has been dried, glazed, and fired in a pottery kiln one time.

Single-firing ceramics is common practice for quick production, but clay is strengthened with each fire.  When clay is single-fired, it compresses only once in the kiln, and is perfectly fine for use, as long as the clay has been vitrified.  Vitrification occurs when clay is fired at its appropriate cone (kiln temperature), maturing the clay and making it water impermiable. 

 Little Clay Studio's beads that are ready to unload from the kiln.

Little Clay Studio's beads that are ready to unload from the kiln.

Little Clay Studio's ceramics are twice-fired, which increases the strength and durability of each piece.  This process involves many steps: drying, decorating and sanding, bisque-firing, glazing, then glaze-firing (learn more about the process here).  Each fire reduces the clay piece in size, thus strengthening the clay with each compression.

There are additional variables that increase the durability of clay pieces, including thickness and surface space.  A thin, flat piece of fired clay will have weak tension spots, which can cause cracking if hit against an object.  

 An assortment of Little Clay Studio's beads.

An assortment of Little Clay Studio's beads.

Little Clay Studio's pieces are lightweight and tested for optimal size and thickness to withstand daily use and the chance that it's dropped.

Kiln-fired clay is essentially man-made stone.  Consider the hardness of a rock.  It is strengthened by exposure to temperature and compression, and ceramic pieces, like stone, will last for thousands of years.  (Check out The New York Times article on the oldest known pottery found.)

Care

CLAY CARE

Little Clay Studio's jewelry ranges from unglazed to glazed, and overglazed pieces (overglazes include mother-of-pearl and gold accents).  Contrary to popular belief, pottery is not "painted" as there is no paint involved.  Rather, glaze (which generally includes silica to create a glass layer, and oxides for colorants) is brushed on, or applied to the clay in a variety of ways.  The glaze on Little Clay Studio's pieces will not wear off with regular use, and can be cleaned with a damp cloth. 

 Tinted black porcelain beads with mother-of-pearl overglaze.

Tinted black porcelain beads with mother-of-pearl overglaze.

COTTON CARE

Little Clay Studio creates artistic statement pieces using vegan-friendly practices, and cotton cording is added to many of our necklaces.  The cotton cording can also be spot-cleaned with a damp cloth, and the cotton tassels (or vegan feathers, as I like to call them) can be wetted and combed to detangle as needed.

 Cotton cording used in Little Clay Studio's vegan-friendly jewelry.

Cotton cording used in Little Clay Studio's vegan-friendly jewelry.

VEGAN SUEDE CARE

"Vegan suede" cording is actually a microfiber and is a durable alternative to leather.  Like real suede, contact with water should be avoided.

 Vegan suede, a porcelain toggle bead, and cotton tassels on our Desert Moon necklace.

Vegan suede, a porcelain toggle bead, and cotton tassels on our Desert Moon necklace.

Enjoy

 Little Clay Studio's marbled porcelain earrings in black and white.

Little Clay Studio's marbled porcelain earrings in black and white.

Take a look at the collection

 
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Large Shallow Bowls and Faceted Tumblers
 

I love creating unique porcelain jewelry to wear, but my passion is throwing on the pottery wheel.

 Large Shallow Bowl, Plate with Walls and Faceted Cups.  Hand Thrown on the Pottery Wheel.  White Ceramic Tableware for Interior Decorating and the Home.  Gorgeous bohemian hand thrown pottery home accents for design.  Chic and modern, carved and faceted bowls and tumblers.
 Large Shallow Bowl, Plate with Walls and Faceted Cups.  Hand Thrown on the Pottery Wheel.  White Ceramic Tableware for Interior Decorating and the Home.  Gorgeous bohemian hand thrown pottery home accents for design.  Chic and modern, carved and faceted bowls and tumblers.

I've become reacquainted with a white clay that throws beautifully.  These short tumblers are faceted and the large shallow bowls will make for great dinnerware.  I also plan to faceted the bowls and will update my blog throughout the process.

 Large Shallow Bowl, Plate with Walls and Faceted Cups.  Hand Thrown on the Pottery Wheel.  White Ceramic Tableware for Interior Decorating and the Home.  Gorgeous bohemian hand thrown pottery home accents for design.  Chic and modern, carved and faceted bowls and tumblers.
 
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Studio 512 Feature on KXAN
 

Robin Reynolds of Roots and Revival reached out to see if I would be interested in sharing Little Clay Studio's jewelry for a style feature on Studio 512.  

 Little Clay Studio's collection features artistic and painterly statement earrings made from black and white porcelain.  They are modern, chic, lightweight, and gorgeous statement pieces for casual and formal looks.

This was a great opportunity to support a social good marketplace that assists charitable organizations in Austin, and a chance for our community to become acquainted with Little Clay Studio's jewelry.  I wanted to make the sample pack special and included our top-selling earrings.

Little Clay Studio's Double Drop earrings featured on KXAN Studio 512

Can you spot our Marble Double Round earrings on the model in the middle?  These marbled earrings match perfectly with her black and white striped skirt.  They're shown at the 1:11 mark on KXAN's site.

I always love to give and t.v. personality Amanda Tatom added a pair of our Drop Hoop earrings to her collection.  These beauties are a new design I've been working on and will be available mid-April.

 Little Clay Studio is an Austin jewelry and pottery studio specializing in black and white porcelain.  Wholesale orders are available.
 
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March Photo Shoot at the Austin School of Film
 
  Statement jewelry made in Austin Texas by Little Clay Studio.  Black and White statement earrings made with vegan-friendly practices.  Artistic modern, minimal jewelry, simplistic and unique in design. Handmade and ethically-made by a woman-owned business.  Support women artists. Painterly porcelain jewelry. Ultra-lightweight and gorgeous accents for everyday and formal wear. Date night, parties, day and night accessories for your best look.  Boho-chic, bohemian, modern, kinfolk, local Austin pottery and jewelry maker. Gold plated and gold filled posts for sensitive skin. Oversized and lightweight with earring back clutches for stability and to hold your style.  Black and white marbled earrings with one-of-a-kind designs, perfect for your everyday look and gifts for mom. Handcrafted porcelain statement pieces, charms, beads, and pendants to complete your streetwear fashion, boho, and chic and modern style.  Handcrafted beads in porcelain and various clays in a variety of colors and styles for unique artistic jewelry and design. Cotton corded ethnic necklaces in burgundy, pink, black and white, and peach. Tassels in pink and hot pink.

We're back again shooting Little Clay Studio's marbled black and white porcelain Drop Hoop earrings.  My beautiful friend is modeling how striking the earrings are paired with an elegant top. 

  Statement jewelry made in Austin Texas by Little Clay Studio.  Black and White statement earrings made with vegan-friendly practices.  Artistic modern, minimal jewelry, simplistic and unique in design. Handmade and ethically-made by a woman-owned business.  Support women artists. Painterly porcelain jewelry. Ultra-lightweight and gorgeous accents for everyday and formal wear. Date night, parties, day and night accessories for your best look.  Boho-chic, bohemian, modern, kinfolk, local Austin pottery and jewelry maker. Gold plated and gold filled posts for sensitive skin. Oversized and lightweight with earring back clutches for stability and to hold your style.  Black and white marbled earrings with one-of-a-kind designs, perfect for your everyday look and gifts for mom. Handcrafted porcelain statement pieces, charms, beads, and pendants to complete your streetwear fashion, boho, and chic and modern style.  Handcrafted beads in porcelain and various clays in a variety of colors and styles for unique artistic jewelry and design. Cotton corded ethnic necklaces in burgundy, pink, black and white, and peach. Tassels in pink and hot pink.

Each pair of earrings are made by hand using a precise thickness to create an ultra-lightweight design.  They are paired with gold earring back clutches to comfortably wear all day and make for beautiful statement pieces that tell a story in each design.

 
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On the Wheel Again
 

Working with clay involves multiple steps, and while the jewelry pieces are in the kiln I have time to trim some speckled pieces I threw earlier this week.

  Little Clay Studio modern simplistic, artistic pottery for the home.  Mugs, plates, bowls, and accent pieces for a bohemian, boho-chic, chic, modern design.  Black and white pottery and ceramics made on the wheel in Austin, Texas, featuring speckled pottery, black and white porcelain with painterly touches, and painted bowls and home accents.  Anthropologie, Kinfolk, and Madewell like styles for retail and wholesale. Made by an independent artists. Support women artists. Support black artists.

I enjoy hand building porcelain jewelry, but I find  the pottery wheel especially cathartic.

There are many ways to trim a piece.  I prefer throwing a clay chuck, which is the plate-like surface you see on the wheel.  Chucks provide stability and a cushion to your thrown piece, which prevents the rims from distorting.

  Little Clay Studio modern simplistic, artistic pottery for the home.  Mugs, plates, bowls, and accent pieces for a bohemian, boho-chic, chic, modern design.  Black and white pottery and ceramics made on the wheel in Austin, Texas, featuring speckled pottery, black and white porcelain with painterly touches, and painted bowls and home accents.  Anthropologie, Kinfolk, and Madewell like styles for retail and wholesale. Made by an independent artists. Support women artists. Support black artists.

Brent wheels are my favorite, and you see that I've found a nice space to work.  You can check out the pottery wheel selection at Armadillo Clay, a one-stop ceramics store in Austin, Texas.

 
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Little Clay Studio at The Blanton Museum of Art
 

I am so happy to announce that you can now experience Little Clay Studio's jewelry at the Blanton Museum of Art!  

  Statement jewelry made in Austin Texas by Little Clay Studio.  Black and White statement earrings made with vegan-friendly practices.  Artistic modern, minimal jewelry, simplistic and unique in design. Handmade and ethically-made by a woman-owned business.  Support women artists. Painterly porcelain jewelry. Ultra-lightweight and gorgeous accents for everyday and formal wear. Date night, parties, day and night accessories for your best look.  Boho-chic, bohemian, modern, kinfolk, local Austin pottery and jewelry maker. Gold plated and gold filled posts for sensitive skin. Oversized and lightweight with earring back clutches for stability and to hold your style.  Black and white marbled earrings with one-of-a-kind designs, perfect for your everyday look and gifts for mom. Handcrafted porcelain statement pieces, charms, beads, and pendants to complete your streetwear fashion, boho, and chic and modern style.  Handcrafted beads in porcelain and various clays in a variety of colors and styles for unique artistic jewelry and design. Cotton corded ethnic necklaces in burgundy, pink, black and white, and peach. Tassels in pink and hot pink. Black porcelain jewelry.  Perfect for dresses, jeans, and to dress up and dress down. Tubes, half moons, u shaped, round, square beads. Gorgeous porcelain pieces fired in our kiln. Now available at the Blanton Museum of Art.

Located on the University of Texas's campus, this museum is very community-forward with frequent events and free admission on Thursdays.  

  Statement jewelry made in Austin Texas by Little Clay Studio.  Black and White statement earrings made with vegan-friendly practices.  Artistic modern, minimal jewelry, simplistic and unique in design. Handmade and ethically-made by a woman-owned business.  Support women artists. Painterly porcelain jewelry. Ultra-lightweight and gorgeous accents for everyday and formal wear. Date night, parties, day and night accessories for your best look.  Boho-chic, bohemian, modern, kinfolk, local Austin pottery and jewelry maker. Gold plated and gold filled posts for sensitive skin. Oversized and lightweight with earring back clutches for stability and to hold your style.  Black and white marbled earrings with one-of-a-kind designs, perfect for your everyday look and gifts for mom. Handcrafted porcelain statement pieces, charms, beads, and pendants to complete your streetwear fashion, boho, and chic and modern style.  Handcrafted beads in porcelain and various clays in a variety of colors and styles for unique artistic jewelry and design. Cotton corded ethnic necklaces in burgundy, pink, black and white, and peach. Tassels in pink and hot pink. Black porcelain jewelry.  Perfect for dresses, jeans, and to dress up and dress down. Tubes, half moons, u shaped, round, square beads. Gorgeous porcelain pieces fired in our kiln.

Little Clay Studio's jewelry is under glass in a display case, and I couldn't be more honored.

  Statement jewelry made in Austin Texas by Little Clay Studio.  Black and White statement earrings made with vegan-friendly practices.  Artistic modern, minimal jewelry, simplistic and unique in design. Handmade and ethically-made by a woman-owned business.  Support women artists. Painterly porcelain jewelry. Ultra-lightweight and gorgeous accents for everyday and formal wear. Date night, parties, day and night accessories for your best look.  Boho-chic, bohemian, modern, kinfolk, local Austin pottery and jewelry maker. Gold plated and gold filled posts for sensitive skin. Oversized and lightweight with earring back clutches for stability and to hold your style.  Black and white marbled earrings with one-of-a-kind designs, perfect for your everyday look and gifts for mom. Handcrafted porcelain statement pieces, charms, beads, and pendants to complete your streetwear fashion, boho, and chic and modern style.  Handcrafted beads in porcelain and various clays in a variety of colors and styles for unique artistic jewelry and design. Cotton corded ethnic necklaces in burgundy, pink, black and white, and peach. Tassels in pink and hot pink. Black porcelain jewelry.  Perfect for dresses, jeans, and to dress up and dress down. Tubes, half moons, u shaped, round, square beads. Gorgeous porcelain pieces fired in our kiln.

All sales benefit the museum's art procurement.  Treat yourself to a day at the Blanton Museum of Art and check out our jewelry line!

 
February Photo Shoot at the Austin School of Film
 

My friend Jazzy and I had an amazing time photographing Little Clay Studio's porcelain earrings at the Austin School of Film, a nonprofit that empowers creatives with classes, co-working space, and community events.

  Statement jewelry made in Austin Texas by Little Clay Studio.  Black and White statement earrings made with vegan-friendly practices.  Artistic modern, minimal jewelry, simplistic and unique in design. Handmade and ethically-made by a woman-owned business.  Support women artists. Painterly porcelain jewelry. Ultra-lightweight and gorgeous accents for everyday and formal wear. Date night, parties, day and night accessories for your best look.  Boho-chic, bohemian, modern, kinfolk, local Austin pottery and jewelry maker. Gold plated and gold filled posts for sensitive skin. Oversized and lightweight with earring back clutches for stability and to hold your style.  Black and white marbled earrings with one-of-a-kind designs, perfect for your everyday look and gifts for mom. Handcrafted porcelain statement pieces, charms, beads, and pendants to complete your streetwear fashion, boho, and chic and modern style.  Handcrafted beads in porcelain and various clays in a variety of colors and styles for unique artistic jewelry and design. Cotton corded ethnic necklaces in burgundy, pink, black and white, and peach. Tassels in pink and hot pink. Black porcelain jewelry.  Perfect for dresses, jeans, and to dress up and dress down. Tubes, half moons, u shaped, round, square beads. Gorgeous porcelain pieces fired in our kiln.

Little Clay Studio's Drop Earrings are hand-sculpted with porcelain clay and accented with painterly touches.  They are an artistic statement for a casual daytime look...

  Statement jewelry made in Austin Texas by Little Clay Studio.  Black and White statement earrings made with vegan-friendly practices.  Artistic modern, minimal jewelry, simplistic and unique in design. Handmade and ethically-made by a woman-owned business.  Support women artists. Painterly porcelain jewelry. Ultra-lightweight and gorgeous accents for everyday and formal wear. Date night, parties, day and night accessories for your best look.  Boho-chic, bohemian, modern, kinfolk, local Austin pottery and jewelry maker. Gold plated and gold filled posts for sensitive skin. Oversized and lightweight with earring back clutches for stability and to hold your style.  Black and white marbled earrings with one-of-a-kind designs, perfect for your everyday look and gifts for mom. Handcrafted porcelain statement pieces, charms, beads, and pendants to complete your streetwear fashion, boho, and chic and modern style.  Handcrafted beads in porcelain and various clays in a variety of colors and styles for unique artistic jewelry and design. Cotton corded ethnic necklaces in burgundy, pink, black and white, and peach. Tassels in pink and hot pink. Black porcelain jewelry.  Perfect for dresses, jeans, and to dress up and dress down. Tubes, half moons, u shaped, round, square beads. Gorgeous porcelain pieces fired in our kiln.

...and gorgeous paired with an elegant outfit for parties and date night.

  Statement jewelry made in Austin Texas by Little Clay Studio.  Black and White statement earrings made with vegan-friendly practices.  Artistic modern, minimal jewelry, simplistic and unique in design. Handmade and ethically-made by a woman-owned business.  Support women artists. Painterly porcelain jewelry. Ultra-lightweight and gorgeous accents for everyday and formal wear. Date night, parties, day and night accessories for your best look.  Boho-chic, bohemian, modern, kinfolk, local Austin pottery and jewelry maker. Gold plated and gold filled posts for sensitive skin. Oversized and lightweight with earring back clutches for stability and to hold your style.  Black and white marbled earrings with one-of-a-kind designs, perfect for your everyday look and gifts for mom. Handcrafted porcelain statement pieces, charms, beads, and pendants to complete your streetwear fashion, boho, and chic and modern style.  Handcrafted beads in porcelain and various clays in a variety of colors and styles for unique artistic jewelry and design. Cotton corded ethnic necklaces in burgundy, pink, black and white, and peach. Tassels in pink and hot pink. Black porcelain jewelry.  Perfect for dresses, jeans, and to dress up and dress down. Tubes, half moons, u shaped, round, square beads. Gorgeous porcelain pieces fired in our kiln.
  Statement jewelry made in Austin Texas by Little Clay Studio.  Black and White statement earrings made with vegan-friendly practices.  Artistic modern, minimal jewelry, simplistic and unique in design. Handmade and ethically-made by a woman-owned business.  Support women artists. Painterly porcelain jewelry. Ultra-lightweight and gorgeous accents for everyday and formal wear. Date night, parties, day and night accessories for your best look.  Boho-chic, bohemian, modern, kinfolk, local Austin pottery and jewelry maker. Gold plated and gold filled posts for sensitive skin. Oversized and lightweight with earring back clutches for stability and to hold your style.  Black and white marbled earrings with one-of-a-kind designs, perfect for your everyday look and gifts for mom. Handcrafted porcelain statement pieces, charms, beads, and pendants to complete your streetwear fashion, boho, and chic and modern style.  Handcrafted beads in porcelain and various clays in a variety of colors and styles for unique artistic jewelry and design. Cotton corded ethnic necklaces in burgundy, pink, black and white, and peach. Tassels in pink and hot pink. Black porcelain jewelry.  Perfect for dresses, jeans, and to dress up and dress down. Tubes, half moons, u shaped, round, square beads. Gorgeous porcelain pieces fired in our kiln.
  Statement jewelry made in Austin Texas by Little Clay Studio.  Black and White statement earrings made with vegan-friendly practices.  Artistic modern, minimal jewelry, simplistic and unique in design. Handmade and ethically-made by a woman-owned business.  Support women artists. Painterly porcelain jewelry. Ultra-lightweight and gorgeous accents for everyday and formal wear. Date night, parties, day and night accessories for your best look.  Boho-chic, bohemian, modern, kinfolk, local Austin pottery and jewelry maker. Gold plated and gold filled posts for sensitive skin. Oversized and lightweight with earring back clutches for stability and to hold your style.  Black and white marbled earrings with one-of-a-kind designs, perfect for your everyday look and gifts for mom. Handcrafted porcelain statement pieces, charms, beads, and pendants to complete your streetwear fashion, boho, and chic and modern style.  Handcrafted beads in porcelain and various clays in a variety of colors and styles for unique artistic jewelry and design. Cotton corded ethnic necklaces in burgundy, pink, black and white, and peach. Tassels in pink and hot pink. Black porcelain jewelry.  Perfect for dresses, jeans, and to dress up and dress down. Tubes, half moons, u shaped, round, square beads. Gorgeous porcelain pieces fired in our kiln.

Jazzy is a beautiful and talented musician-- her name says it all!

  Statement jewelry made in Austin Texas by Little Clay Studio.  Black and White statement earrings made with vegan-friendly practices.  Artistic modern, minimal jewelry, simplistic and unique in design. Handmade and ethically-made by a woman-owned business.  Support women artists. Painterly porcelain jewelry. Ultra-lightweight and gorgeous accents for everyday and formal wear. Date night, parties, day and night accessories for your best look.  Boho-chic, bohemian, modern, kinfolk, local Austin pottery and jewelry maker. Gold plated and gold filled posts for sensitive skin. Oversized and lightweight with earring back clutches for stability and to hold your style.  Black and white marbled earrings with one-of-a-kind designs, perfect for your everyday look and gifts for mom. Handcrafted porcelain statement pieces, charms, beads, and pendants to complete your streetwear fashion, boho, and chic and modern style.  Handcrafted beads in porcelain and various clays in a variety of colors and styles for unique artistic jewelry and design. Cotton corded ethnic necklaces in burgundy, pink, black and white, and peach. Tassels in pink and hot pink. Black porcelain jewelry.  Perfect for dresses, jeans, and to dress up and dress down. Tubes, half moons, u shaped, round, square beads. Gorgeous porcelain pieces fired in our kiln.

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Serendipity in Ceramics
 

We often hold on to elements that don't fit in our lives, and there are moments when we make a conscious decision to change-- or when life makes that move for us.  My life moved me to The Contemporary Art School of Austin.

 Imagine my awe when I first stepped foot on campus.

Imagine my awe when I first stepped foot on campus.

I was working as a global product launch manager at a Fortune 100 when my path led me to ceramics.  I was proficient at my job-- and the pay was the best I had ever made-- but at the end of the day I was left unfulfilled and felt I didn't fit in with the work culture.

 Trading cubicle rows for scenic views of Lake Austin.

Trading cubicle rows for scenic views of Lake Austin.

After adding endless pottery inspirations on Pinterest, I decided to enroll in a waitlisted course at The Contemporary, thinking I could manage night classes after work.  (You can add the pins that inspired me to your Pinterest board.)

Around mid-July in 2016, I received a call telling me that the waitlist opened and I happily signed up.  The very next day my boss told me there was no longer a position for me.  

In that moment, I felt free and told him he made the right decision.  I remember the incredulous look on his face-- I should have been devastated, but instead of focusing on my loss, I saw a new path set before me.

 The path to art school, tucked under trees and strung lights.

The path to art school, tucked under trees and strung lights.

Working with clay fed my inquisitive nature as there is no one way to approach the art form, and in that exploration I became a quick study.  There is a catharsis in throwing on the wheel, and the tactility in shaping clay has allowed me to express myself nonverbally, which can be liberating when our minds become overloaded with information.  

 My first set of hand-sculpted ceramicware.

My first set of hand-sculpted ceramicware.

The Contemporary Art School of Austin is available to locals interested in ceramics, painting, photography, weaving, and more.  Studying there was a catalyst for Little Clay Studio, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a new beginning in their life. 

 
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