I have been beading since I was 8. Creating is something I just have to
do. I live with my husband (who is a writer/artist/percussionist) and
daughter in the Adelaide Hills and as you can imagine our days are
filled with colour and mess and noise.
I make ceramic beaded jewellery. Each piece is part of a
large and long process. It starts with lino cuts, carved by hand from
daydreaming doodles (you know, like the ones you do when you're on the
phone but not really, mostly "yep...I know...uh-huh...") that are
pressed into slabs of clay. I then either cut out the shapes by hand or
use cookie-cutters (mostly altered). Each bead gets a hole and then is
smoothed and burnish on the back until dry.
They are bisque fired at
960c. Then they get some underglaze decoration and I glaze them. They
are fired to 1040c-1060c (I play around a bit with glaze making and
Hopefully by this stage the are looking good. I start
playing around with my way-too-big-beadstash to see what will work. Its
all rather intuitive, the beads tend to know what they want to be and
I've got to have the right atmosphere. Music makes all the difference.
So what you see is more art than jewellery and full of heart.
Jewellery is adornment. Adornment is personal, so why not have
something unique? I want to give you the opportunity to have something
that speaks to you, that just works for you.