Clay to Jewellery : The Journey

Updated on 16 Apr 2016

For the first few months, it was a bit of a struggle. As moulding clay into shapes and designs is rather difficult. All these are hand made with very basic tools like bottle caps, tooth picks, etc. The process is obviously same as making pottery. No colouring agent is used … these are naturally beautiful & unique. Terracotta is a form of ceramic which is molded when it is in the form of clay and is then baked. Besides using terracotta for decorative items like vases, pots and so on, it is now increasingly being used for making a variety of products such as jewelry, smoking pipes and bangles.

Making terracotta might appear to be a simple form of art, but it is a labor-intensive technique. From making the clay to molding it to desired shape and then baking it under the sun, is a long process. After the terracotta item hardens, it is then glazed for a lustrous appearance.

The earth is first molded into the desired form and then baked in the kiln or in sun. The uniqueness lies in the fact that it can be molded in numerous ways before baking. Terracotta fashion jewellery can be molded by hands. Different rough and glazed finishes can be given in terracotta jewellery. They are painted, carved or embedded with stones or beads and embossed with patterns. The finished product of different locations takes up different finishes. Terracotta fashion jewellery has a rustic and a very earthen appeal. It is in vogue as an accessory with the traditional as well as the contemporary casual wear. The products include necklaces, chokers, earrings, bracelets, bangles, danglers and pendants.

It is an exotic form of ornamentation that adds a Bohemian look and can be teamed up with bright colored outfits. The terracotta jewellery is hand painted in earthy hues – brown, grey, blue, green, pink and red – all adding a rustic touch to each jewellery piece. Conventional and the most popular motifs designed in terracotta jewellery include human figures, animals or the gods of the tribes. But to add a modish touch artisans often depict contemporary shapes and patterns.