Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Handcrafted Ceramic Jewelry

You don't often think about ceramics in jewelry, but the same qualities that draw me to ceramic dishware (color, weight, smoothness - to name a few) make ceramics an ideal medium for jewelry. It can also be a more affordable way to purchase a handmade piece of art from one of your favorite ceramicists. There are all kinds of ceramic artists out there making wonderful jewelry. Here are just a few:

Mette Scherning

Mette Scherning is a Danish porcelain artist whose works are available in Europe and Japan. I was lucky enough to pick up a pair of her earrings last fall during a visit to Amsterdam, and they're just about the only pair of earrings I wear.

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Tasha McKelvey

From Tasha's artist statement: "I realized that small scale ceramic work provided infinitely more opportunities to experiment with clays, glazes and firing techniques than larger clay work. My ceramic jewelry soon took on a style of its own, separate from my pottery. I now create hand-carved molds using geometric and botanical designs specifically for my jewelry line..."

She's also having a jewelry sale in her Etsy shop!

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Kim Westad

Kim Westad is well-known for her graceful vessels and whirls, but she's also designing some amazing pendants. Check out the textures on these!

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Judy Tavill

Judi Tavill brings her background in fashion design to her aesthetic as a ceramics artist with these whimsical pieces.

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Surly is quite prolific and has designs ranging from skulls and coffins to hearts to flowers and trees. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Michelle Swafford Pottery

Michelle "strive(s) to create colorful, elegant pottery and jewelry pieces that will dress up your table or your body!" How fabulous is that ring?

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I hope you enjoyed perusing these ceramic jewelry works as much as I did, and maybe you'll find a little special something for yourself or a loved one!

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