Joanna Veevers - Brooches, photo from Ceramic Arts Daily
Do you have follow Ceramic Arts Daily? While most of the site is devoted to pottery, there are frequently techniques and tutorials that are inspirational for bead makers. For example, the instructions for making the colorful brooches above can be found here. But you needn't limit yourself to the jewelry related information. Most of techniques used in traditional pottery are transferable to small scale clay bead work. And that can lead to some very unique work by you!
Ceramic Arts Daily is a great website chockers full of information on clay bodies, decorative techniques, and even bead specific tutorials. Best of all it is free and you can sign up to receive daily updates. If you haven't seen the site, head over and check it out. I'm pretty sure it will be inspirational!