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Mary Harding Jewelry

(Taken from her Etsy Profile)

I began ceramic bead making about 8 years ago when I couldn't find beads with holes large enough for the macrame jewelry I was making at the time. Once I got started I couldn't stop. Two years ago I became a member of the Yahoo Group Beads of Clay and have been so happy to find a community of ceramic beaders. They all do lovely work and have been an inspiration.

I enjoy including natural plants and colors in my work. One day I discovered that ceramic beads are a natural for free form peyote stitch so now I include my handmade beads, cabachons and pendants in my free-form work.

This is a handmade earthenware ceramic pendant of a young maple leaf. Leaf and pendant are hand colored and gloss glazed. My initials are on the back which is also gloss glazed. Pendant measures 1 1/4 inches with a 2 mm stringing hole. This maple leaf pendant is a great tribute to sugaring and early spring which cannot be too far away now that our 3 feet of snow has melted and it is 60 degrees out.

This handmade earthenware ceramic pendant by measures 1 1/4 with a 3mm stringing hole. Image depicts wild clover that grows in the pastures of Northern New York. Pendant has been hand-painted, gloss glazed front and back and is initialed by me on the back. I fire all of my ceramic pendants in my digitally controlled kiln multiple times for depth of color and durability.

This Wild Lovage Heart is made from earthenware ceramic clay. Hanger is from Nichrome wire. Pendant measures 1 1/4 inches by 1 1/4, has been fired multiple times and is initialed by me on the back which is also gloss glazed. This decorative heart would look well strung alone or as part of a creative designer necklace.

For all of my adult life I have been involved in the creation of art: from California to England and to Berlin. From photography to drawing to carving and to ceramic bead work. I feel happy when I can use my hands and imagination to create beautiful jewelry. I also am happy when I can serve the needs of others and find that art and social work go together as well as ceramic beads and free-form peyote stitch. So that is how I have been able find balance in my creative and working life.


  1. I am so pleased to be written up on the BOC Blog. Thank you. You picked great photos and did a wonderful job Natalie. Thank you so much.

  2. Thank you! It's a pleasure to get to know everyone's work more intimately. We have some incredible talent in our BOC group!


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