I took out a couple of stoneware clays and step by step, came up with the beads in the second photo.
I started off with a ball, smashed it with a texture on both sides. Wrapped a noodle of white stoneware clay around that circle.
Next I textured the sides with a small knitting needle, pierced the middle and added round sprigs, and pierced once again.
I think these would be fun as bracelet links, possibly buttons.
They are drying now and will be fired next week sometime.
… AND HERE THEY ARE!