Ok, so I warned you that I was going to start boring you on Fridays with my old beads. Let's call them vintage Earthenwood. I have made a lot of beads in my career up to this point: some were bad and embarrass me to see them (um, I probably won't be showing those, lol!). Others I love and were an important stepping stone for me to develop into the work that I do now.
Above is a necklace of hand carved, one of a kind terra cotta beads I made for my senior show at CCS, in 1996. WOW that's over 10 years ago! Anyway, I really loved bare clays because they were perfect for exploring form and texture. I was especially inspired by Yixing teapots, and organic natural forms especially insects and pods.
Here is another necklace from my senior show, a front and back view. With these I added some color to the clay, a shiny metallic gunmetal and a dry blue. I think you can see a bit more of the insect influence here. Also in the necklace is a shiny black porcelain Alien Baby bead that my hubby made. This was strung on a heavy steel cable, with terra cotta "cones" for the ends.