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Woodfired Stoneware Shown With a Chunk of Turquoise
Seems only appropriate to introduce myself since I'm new to Beads-Of-Clay.  My name is MaryAnn Carroll.  My first name actually has a space in it, but in this new world of technology, the "Ann" reads as if it is my middle name.  I've been making ceramic beads for a couple of years now.  I won't ramble on about that, but if you would like to know a little bit more about me, you can check out my personal blog
Bead Racks Inside Woodfire Kiln

The Beautiful Results
Okay....'nuf of that stuff.  Today I thought, "hmmmm, what to write about, what to write about?"  I thought that I would talk about my love for an art that has been around ....ohhhhh.....for a LONG time..back in the BC days!  Then this thought popped in my head (like they often do- kinda like ping pong balls between two professional players) and I remembered a time, not so long ago, when I researched the history of beads.  I discovered a website that not only makes reference to kilns and clay, but also has a fascinating history of many types of beads.  I imagine that ceramic beads would have been similiar (only a little more primitive) to the woodfire method of today.  I picture them doing a traditional dance praying to the gods of fire.  I think I'm going to suggest that Bill try that so that EVERYTHING comes out great in the next firing!  This is my husband Bill's little kiln.  Plans are to sneak a few beads in....Stay tuned!!  So, there you have it...my first little bit of news. 

Woodfire Kiln at Night
What I would LOVE is to hear from readers about YOUR ceramic bead news!  Please feel free to email me with anything that you would like to share.  It could be about you or someone else that you have news about.

That's All Folks!  I'm happy to be part of the team!!


  1. Welcome to the Beads of Clay Blog, Mary Ann

  2. Great and interesting post. Welconme aboard.

  3. Great post. Enjoyed it very much. I don't make ceramic beads I just like them. LOL

  4. Thanks Nicole! Appreciate you taking the time to comment!

  5. mary ann - your work is beautiful and inspiring... congrats on being a part of the boc blog!

  6. Thanks for all the "welcomes!" I'm excited to be a part of this talented group of ceramic bead artists and all of the incredible jewelry designer talent!!

  7. Glad to have you in Beads of Clay, Mary Ann. I've been an admirer of your beads on etsy for quite a while now. :)

  8. If you get Bill to dance around the fire, please post pics! :)

  9. K...I will! Now I'm going to have to make him!!!


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