About

The Earthenwood Studio experience started somewhere during the end of my college career, when I decided to combine my love of ceramics and jewelry making and become a porcelain bead maker. While I have dabbled in other materials and other forms of ceramic work over the years, porcelain beads as an art form has remained the consistent focus of my artworks and career.
Over the years, I have designed and sold my handcrafted ceramic jewelry, beading components,and ceramic gift tiles at art fairs, galleries, bead stores, and bead trade shows all over the country. I designed and run my website www.earthenwoodstudio.com, and sell my ceramics from two different Etsy sites.

I have blogged regularly for many years, often offering an interesting glimpse into my creative process and studio life. I have designed jewelry for project articles for magazines and books, working frequently with Interweave Press (Stringing, Beadwork, Step by Step, and Creative Jewelry magazines). I have also designed projects for Simply Beads and Bead Unique magazines. My designs have also been featured in several books, including Steampunk Style by Jean Campbell, Chain Style by Jane Dickerson, and Four Seasons of Beading by Barb Switzer.

I am inspired by both the natural world and the urban industrial landscape,  mixing imagery from both with an eye for clean vintage styling, art history inspiration, and a bit of playfulness and humor to create casual yet meaningful jewelry.  Over the years, I have enjoyed sharing my meaningful porcelain jewelry components, encouraging the wearers to create their own stories and significance to my creatively crafted items.

Thank you for visiting!
Melanie Brooks
Earthenwood Studio