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I made these ceramic beads when I was in high school.

16 years old!

I still love them.

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Lots of different kinds: terra cotta, stoneware with red iron oxide glazed and unglazed, high fired stoneware, Saggar-fired stoneware and some gray stoneware.

I used to make so many of these!

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These aren't necklaces, they are strung on leather cord so I can keep them all together and hang them up. It makes me so happy to look at these big chunky strands of my own handmade beads.

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Some of them are huge:

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That one in the front, above? It is bigger than a golf ball!

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yummy, earthy, tribal! 

Do you remember me telling you about my friend Madelyn? She was one of my art teachers in high school! It was in her ceramics class that I made all of these beads!

She was 23 and it was her first teaching job. We connected right away. Unfortunately, she left the school after one year, but for the rest of my time as a student we stayed in touch through letters, phonecalls and occasional visits. We grew closer and closer over the years and I am so lucky to count her as one of my dearest friends.

Dang,  still need to show you all of the photos from my visit with her this summer!

Meanwhile, check out her shop. It might be slim pickins because it is show season, but she'll restock in January!