Tesserae Necklaces

Tesserae; the little square chips of clay or glass, were the inspiration for these simple and very wearable necklaces. Lightweight, with unique variations, acoustic and tactile; all the qualities I strive for in my work.


I began with using white earthenware clay as an experiment, as a low cost and more environmental option - cheaper clay and lower firing temperature. I also used existing glazes of mine which work well at 1080℃ as well as 1260℃. 

The blue version is in porcelain, so is smaller, thinner and lighter.

The beads and bobble ends are made from fine silver clay or bronze. I like that they look ceramic but are shiny and heavier.

The feel of the different glazes is satisfying and the sound they make as they chink gently together is soothing.