Sob, sob! I was going to miss my Friday mornings, nattering, faffing with clay, eating biscuits & then waiting a week to see what was going to come out of the kiln! Having dabbled in silver, textiles, making cards, lampwork glass beads, enamelling, photography & much, much more, I realised that clay beads were what I really wanted to do! (for now!) So in May 2006, Parents to the rescue, a kiln was bought & I started on this exciting venture.
Various clays are modelled and moulded into my designs then left to air dry. These are bisque fired in a kiln and then they are titied to produce a lovely finish for me to hand paint with glazes in various colours, patterns and designs. They are then over glazed, to produce a glossy finish, and fired again.
If I add any gold, silver or mother of pearl lustre then it will be fired for a third and final time.
I also make up Egyptian Paste mixed with pigments to produce raw organic shapes.
An assortment of these beads and shapes are then strung with Swarovski Crystals, vintage glass beads, hand made glass beads, mother of pearl, silver, textiles, suede, leather, semi precious stones, antique beads and anything else I can find or think of!
Each piece of jewellery is one of a kind, all its components are handmade, recycled, or found and then combined to produce interesting, unique and eclectic pieces.
All the ceramic beads, buttons and pendants in my jewellery are hand crafted by me; Vanessa
came into being when "Truro Arts Ceramic Buttons & Beads" course taught by Elinor Lammond (she makes fabulous beads) said they weren't doing anymore classes