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This is a reprint from Art Bead Scene, but as it applies to Beads of Clay I thought I'd reprint it here just in case we could spread the word about ceramic beads even further!

Our very own Melanie Brooks Lukacs was recently published in the August 2007 issue of Simply beads - Yeah!!! Way to go Melanie. Though she appears several places in the magazine - this blog focuses on her incredible article about Ceramic Beads.

Melanie began the journey of writing this article quite a while ago and the time and care put into the article shows as she explains how porcelain, stoneware and earthenware clays are used to make fired beads and pendants. There are many, many examples in the magazine but I wanted to show you some right here that coincide with our monthly challenge theme of Mermaid's Grotto.

Porcelain examples:

Stoneware examples:

Earthenware examples:

In that same article Melanie explains the differences between clays commonly used to make fired beads and pendants. In that article she points out that one glaze can look quite different when applied to different types of clay. Here are some examples of the same glaze applied to different clays:

Thanks for taking a look!

- Elaine


  1. Thanks for posting this here, Elaine! I appreciate it much!

  2. Dear Marti,

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    Barry John Scott

  3. I knew there were different kinds of clay beads but I had no idea that there were that many types! Thanks for sharing!


  4. Thank you for this post Elaine. These photos are great and it is so wonderful to be able to go back and visit them in their full range of colors and details. Melanie thank you for working so hard to let the world know how very wonderful these ceramic bead artists are -- and informing us on all the varieties of this wonderful medium.

  5. Thanks everyone for your comments. I love this article that Melanie did. It really highlights the variety of looks we can get with fired clay. The good earth has give us a real treasure.

    - Elaine


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