I have for a long time been fascinated with metal beads. Which is why a few years ago I took a workshop on wheel-thrown, altered and assembled pottery with Leah Leitson who is fascinated with silver teapots and serving vessels.
I don’t know why it took me so long to make the connection that I should try to make ceramic beads in the style of what I like best about silver beads: the addition of metal to metal. It is no simple thing to add clay to clay. I often have the added clay fall off in an initial bisque firing, usually while taking them out of the kiln. Or sometimes, they are drying and a sprig falls off … fail!
These additions are so little it is hard to slip and score the way one might do with larger pieces. But when it works, it works nicely.