Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi

JEWELERY - Made from clay

ca: BIJUTERIA - d’argila

es: BISUTERÍA - de arcilla

Beads can be made of different products, valuable stones, metal, wood or anything round you can bore a hole through. Ceramic beads have been developed through thousands of years and have been used in many different ways, body decoration and methods for calculating and also for religious prayers. They are made in clay, fired and decorated using different methods. A bead is usually round, but can be any shape on the outside and always has a hole through the middle big enough to pass a cord through the center, so it can be hung up.

Photographs lent by Caren Shiloh

The first shows 18th century beads decorated with the Majolica method and the last two, forming them in clay.