Tag Archives: porcelain clay

Featured Artist – Nicole Fraley

30 Aug

Nicole Fraley – The relationship I have with my art work is personal and therapeutic. With clay I am able to physically and mentally work through my frustrations and embrace the frays and flaws in front of me. This allows me to find peace of mind as I create.

Most of my inspiration is found from exploring the Cleveland Metroparks, working at a craft brewery, and working at a pottery studio. The creative people I meet and work with daily are the inspiration and motivation for my work. I wouldn’t be who I am without these unique people and environments. This is why I have recently started to create more functional pottery. It’s very meaningful to see people connect with my work in their own personal way.

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Angelica’s Earth Porcelain Jewelry – Featured Artist

2 Aug

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For more than two decades Angelica’s Earth Porcelain has been creating jewelry out of clay. Beginning with stoneware clays during my art student days at that the Ohio State University, I soon found a preference in working with malleable, translucent porcelains. Through experimenting with the addition of ceramic oxides and stains to the white porcelain clay, I found an array of wonderful new design possibilities.

After receiving a B.F.A., I began creating ceramic jewelry under the name Angelica’s Earth Porcelain. Since 1989, my work has been sold in selected shops and at regional Art Festivals throughout Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Florida.

My work is based on an ancient Japanese technique called Nerikomi. The process of creating Nerikomi porcelain involves the addition of ceramic oxides and stains to porcelain clay. After making and aging many colors of clay, these colors are combined into complex patterns and designs. These patterned blocks of clay are then cut and shaped into the forms that ultimately become the porcelain jewelry. The porcelain is then dried, sanded, glazed, fired twice and finished with 14K gold-filled and sterling silver earwires or surgical steel posts. From start to finish, up to 24 separate steps are needed to take the raw clay to the finished fine jewelry product.