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UFO Sighting!

~~~~UFO Sighting~~~~

UFO for us means.....Unique Fabulous Originals!

Every now and again, we will sneak into our Professional Artisan Team members stores and snap a picture of some of their Awesome pieces of Art. Then we will bring it back here for all to see. 

Today's UFO sighting comes from the store of:
Yolanda Miramontes
Yolanda's Clay 
Who are you?  
My name is Yolanda but I go by my nickname, Yoli

Where do you live?
I've lived in So. California for 30 years, I was born and raised in Mexico.

What do you call yourself? 
(Artist? Hobbyist? Professional Ceramicist?)
I am one who believes that those that accomplish an education in the arts are the artists.
I call myself a ceramic bead maker, ceramic crafter or hobbyist.

How long have you been creating 
Ceramic Beads and Pendants?
I started making ceramic beads in 2006, and ceramics overall since 1998.

What inspires your work? 
Magazines, clip art, nature, I like fabric prints, books, I find lots of things at flea markets that I incorporate into things I make for texture. 

What is your process? 
 I handmake my beads and pendants using molds I make, carving, rubber stamps for texture.  Most of the time I use solid clay but occasionally I use porcelain slip.  Pieces are fired in kiln twice.

Favorite Clay type? 
I work with several types: earthenware, porcelain and stoneware.  I think my ultimate favorite is porcelain because it's soft to work with and for the results I get with the glazes I use.  

I use commercial glazes and could not really mention a favorite because one is replaced once I buy new ones.....  There is that glaze addiction part in my life so can't say which one is favorite, I think I have glazes from every brand out there.

Favorite Themes or design inspirations?

I am really random, I follow no agenda, seasons nor trends. I make what I want and like to make because creating is really an escape and very soothing,  it's my therapy.  I am very thankful and appreciative that people like and buy my work.

Who do you admire in your field and why?

Been a fan of Joan Miller for ever,  her work is so original and unique.  Marsha Neal, Mary Harding, Marla James, Lisa Peters. And of course all the members at BOCPAT for such beautiful beads and pendants, and their hard work too.

What are your favorite tools or equipment?   
I finally found a perfect tool for carving, it's a little plastic medical tool I got from my doctor's office (shhhh she doesn't know)  and a silicone roller from the kitchen store.
Equipment I would say my Aim kiln.

Any advise for newbies? 
Take a ceramic class I would say is at the top of the list, nothing like practicing what you are learning. Get a couple books and magazines, do your research on Google everything is on Google! and practice practice practice.  Oh, and take notes, very important too. 

Yolanda's Clay Beads and Pendants 

Keep your eyes on the skies
for more UFO sightings
Check back here on Mondays!


  1. Love getting a bigger peak at your life! Love your beads and pendants too!

  2. Yea Yoli! Great interview. I loved learning more about how you come up with your designs.

  3. Wonderful interview!! Great work Yoli. I feel so honored that I am in the list of ceramic beads artists that you admire!! Thank you so much.

  4. Thank you all! Thank you Marla! It was fun answering these questions.

  5. AWESOME BSY. Your work is wonderful. LOVE YOUR WORKSHOP.....and your BIKE!!!!!

  6. Yay Yoli! Very awesome interview - and lots of useful tips for ceramic artists. It's obvious you love what you do and it shows in your beautiful pendants and beads. Thanks for sharing and for inspiring the rest of us.


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