Lug Handles are for Lugging
 
 Red Clay Casserole Dish with handles made by Little Clay Studio, perfect for dishes, soups, restaurants, interior design, home, artistic kitchenware, pottery wheel thrown in Austin, Texas.

Today I asked my instructor for advice on casserole handles and he replied, "oh, lug handles?" I asked him why they were called that and he shrugged and said "cause they're used to lug things around." I love how matter-of-fact pottery can be 😅😉 #lughandlesare4lugging

 Artistic casserole dishes perfect for plating and serving at parties.  Made by local potter in Austin, Texas.

I can't wait to finish shaping the handles and set this piece off to the kiln!  It's going to be a joy to use in the kitchen.

 Handcrafted design with a vintage feel.  These red clay casserole dishes are the perfect setting for a stylish table.  Made in Austin, Texas by Little Clay Studio.
 Red Clay Casserole Dish with handles made by Little Clay Studio in Austin, Texas.  Perfect for soups, casseroles, bakes, entertaining, serving, plating, interior decorating, Austin restaurants, Austin boutiques, shops.
 
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Amuse-Bouche in a Pottery Wheel Bowl
 
 Local Austin pottery for restaurants, interior decorating, plating, food photography, magazines, wholesale, boutiques, shops, home, tableware, plates, bowls, accents by Little Clay Studio

Creating pottery is a lot like putting a puzzle together; it takes a lot of time, attention to detail, and understanding of the overall design to successfully make a piece one would use for everyday cooking. 

It is also a memorable experience eating from crockery that a potter has made.  It makes the meal feel more intentional and somehow authentic because the pottery itself is an honest pursuit of art.  

As much as I love to throw, I'm really enjoying this large, shallow bowl that can be used as a serving dish or dinner plater.  Today we plated truffle gouda, rosemary sourdough bread, and kalamata olives. 

This bowl is finished with an oatmeal glaze, which has a supple and matte finish.  There are sections that are a light aqua-green and accents of golden-brown.  

I have similar bowls that I will add to my shop next week.  I think you'll find your dining experience heightened when you add a piece of modern art  to your tableware.

 
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Glazing Bowls, Cups, and Vessels
 

It's glaze time now that we're nearing the end of the semester and I'm starting with White Shino, a glaze that has a slick-yellow top layer when it settles, but turns milky-white after being stirred. I'm firing pieces in the soda kiln for the first time and can't wait to see the results.

White Shino glaze bucket
A collection of faceted and carved pottery bowls, cups, and mugs made in Austin, Texas, by Little Clay Studio.

I've made between 20-30 faceted and carved bowls, cups, and mugs and it feels like Christmas every time the kilns are unloaded.

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Each bisqued piece is sanded and wiped free of dust to ensure a smooth application of glaze.  

Glazed white celadon and blue rutile mugs and bowls.  Artistic pottery accents made for the home and restaurants in Austin, Texas by Little Clay Studio.

After all the care and attention it takes to create vessels, it's fun to glaze with a reckless abandon.  These pieces are a white celadon and blue rutile combination and will meld together in the high-fire gas kiln.

 
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Glaze Test Tiles
 

Here's a sample of in-house pottery test tiles we use in studio. 

 Austin potter for home decor, interior decorating, shops, restaurants, bakery, cafes, hand thrown unique and artistic pottery for plating, serving, parties and everyday use.  Microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe.  Sturdy and substantial in size and thickness for durability.

Commercial glazes offered at pottery nights are available in an array of colors, but traditional recipes made in studio have a depth of character and textural quality that distinguishes them as glazes used by professional potters. 

 Austin potter for home decor, interior decorating, shops, restaurants, bakery, cafes, hand thrown unique and artistic pottery for plating, serving, parties and everyday use.  Microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe.  Sturdy and substantial in size and thickness for durability.

These tiles include Blue Rutile, Oatmeal Soda, and a classic White Celadon.  

 Austin potter for home decor, interior decorating, shops, restaurants, bakery, cafes, hand thrown unique and artistic pottery for plating, serving, parties and everyday use.  Microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe.  Sturdy and substantial in size and thickness for durability.

The black specks you see are iron flecks in the clay, and also appear in specific glazes.

 Austin potter for home decor, interior decorating, shops, restaurants, bakery, cafes, hand thrown unique and artistic pottery for plating, serving, parties and everyday use.  Microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe.  Sturdy and substantial in size and thickness for durability.

White Celadon is known for its crackled appearance.  Every glaze is hand-measured and mixed for cone 10 reduction fire. 

 
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Bisqued Bowls Ready to Glaze
 

These speckled and ribbed bowls, and short mugs have been bisqued in the electric kiln.  Bisqueware is clay that has been fired at a relatively low kiln fire, between cones 05-04 (approximately 1870-1970 degrees fahrenheit ).  Bisquing clay is the first fire in twice-fired ceramics and allows for easier glazing and increased durability.  

 Black and white porcelain bowls for air plants and succulents.  Short ribbed mugs for espresso and tea.  White and peach soup and cereal bowls.  Ribbed serving bowls in white, peach, navy and black.  Hand thrown on the pottery wheel made in Austin, Texas for home decor, interior design, restaurants, food styling, food photography, plating, and more.

The small speckled bowls are a commission for a plant shop in Austin and will be used for succulents and air plants.  The shorties will be perfect espresso or tea, and the medium-sized bowls are sized for soups, cereals, and smoothie bowls.  The largest of the bowls will plate a salad nicely, or function as a serving bowl for sides.  Check in later for an update on the glazing process.

 

 
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Inked Pots in the Kiln Yard
 
 Black and White Ink Blotted Porcelain Bowls for Air Plants and Jungalows made by Little Clay Studio in Austin, Texas     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 found a collection of inked porcelain bowls in the kiln yard today and it feels like Christmas.  I'l glaze these in clear.  Each vessel will be ice-white and jet black after the glaze firing.

 Black and White Ink Blotted Porcelain Bowls for Air Plants and Jungalows made by Little Clay Studio in Austin, Texas     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 find my design indicative of my mood and movements.  This time I was feeling pretty serene... 

 
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Ribbed Pie Dish
 

There is a continual element of surprise with clay work, and I'm pleased to see this shallow dish from my previous post form into a type of ribbed pie dish, which will also double as serving ware.

 7.5 inches wide, Ribbed, faceted pie dish and short serving bowl made with white clay for entertaining and tableware.  Boho, simplistic, modern serving ware.  Ceramics thrown on the pottery wheel made in Austin, Texas, by Little Clay Studio.

The facet work reminds me of a cozy ribbed sweater.

 Carved pie dish thrown on the wheel.   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.    

The details in this piece will make for beautiful characteristics in the glaze.  I'm thinking this piece will be a soft peach, or buff on the outside and white inside.

     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.    

As I refine my craft I am pleased that I've reached a point to where I don't labor over one piece on the pottery wheel.  Throwing faster allows me to create more and explore texturing techniques.  I'm going to pursue more faceted work in my upcoming serving ware collection.

     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.  Support women artists.    
Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.
— Michelangelo
 
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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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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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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.

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  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
 

I’m the type of person who will hold on to elements that don't quite fit in my life in fear of giving up a relative comfort that comes with complacency.   In 2016 I was working as a global product manager at a Fortune 100.  I was proficient at my job and the pay was the best I ever made, but at the end of the day I was left unfulfilled and felt I didn't fit in with the work culture.  While struggling to make norms work, I hoped to encounter a moment that would allow me to make a calculated step towards change—but instead life made the executive decision and guided me to ceramics.  

 Imagine my awe when I first stepped foot on campus.

Imagine my awe when I first stepped foot on campus.

After adding countless pottery inspirations to my Pinterest board, I decided to enroll in a waitlisted course at The Contemporary, thinking I could manage night classes after work.  A week before class started I received a call informing me that the waitlist opened and I eagerly signed up.  The very next day my director told me there was no longer a position for me.  

In that moment I felt a burden dissolve and I told my boss 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 feeds my inquisitive nature as there is no one way to approach the art form, and in that exploration I became a quick study.  There’s a catharsis to throwing on the wheel, and the tactility in shaping clay has allowed me to express myself in a way that liberates when my mind is overwhelmed with information.  

 My first set of hand-sculpted ceramicware.

My first set of hand-sculpted ceramicware.

I have since volunteered at a nonprofit art studio and outfitted its ceramics department with eight-foot-long canvased worktables and other studio essentials.  I’ve taught ceramics nights to aspiring potters and sold my work to stores, and these opportunities have been offered to me on what seemed to be a whim, but perhaps were inspired moments that reshaped the trajectory of my life.  

There are many highly-respected master ceramists who are true professionals, and I glean from their knowledge.  There are also clay enthusiasts like myself who are compelled by an intrinsic force that might be drawn from our DNA.  Before there were big box stores, a local potter would craft functional kitchenware and decorative items for the community.  In researching your lineage you may find a potter in your family—and now you too are answering the call.  

Hand built canvas worktables for clay and pottery.

Ceramics sustains humanity in a cyclical nature that is fundamental to our being: its materials are sourced from the earth, wares used in our daily lives, and our remnants to be discovered in archeological finds.  Popular culture has redefined ceramic arts as en vogue obtainable by the talented few, but you don’t have to exceptionally artistic to create pieces you’ll admire and use often.  You simply need an inspired push, and it is my hope that this blog encourages you in your pursuit.  

The Little Clay Workbook was written in response to lingering questions I had in art school, techniques I honed and were inquired by fellow ceramists, and is meant to be used as supplemental reading to build your confidence in ceramics.  There are many guides that will further you with more advanced applications, but in this blog you will find the basics laid out in an approachable manner, as told by an art student exploring clay and its endless potential.

 

To keeping the wheel of ceramics turning,

Traci Ward

Potter and Owner of Little Clay Studio

 
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