New Stoneware Pendants What are all those Brown Specks?

New Stoneware Pendants What are all those brown specks?

Thistle Pendant made from speckled stoneware ceramic clay.  It was by chance that I used this speckled clay to make some pendants and toggle clasps with.  In fact I did not even really know that it was speckled.  When I opened the kiln and got these pieces out I thought that they looked darker than usual.   When I looked more closely I saw the dark specks.  At first I was not sure if I liked them.  That kind of uncertainty when one first opens the kiln is not unusual.  It takes some good daylight and time to fully see what you have since expectations truly do color your vision at first.  I was not expecting the speckles so what  I was seeing was these pieces as they should have been and was a bit disappointed. A few hours later I had changed my mind.  I could see  how wonderfully the dark specks were interacting with the other colors in the pendants. I decided they were great--they reminded me of raku work that has had sawdust thrown on it. So I listed all of these in my Etsy shop.  It a couple of days they were all SOLD except for the Wild Grass Pendants.


Colorful Queen Ann's Lace


Tall Thistle Pendant


Wild Grass Pendant in my Etsy Shop


Toggle Clasp with hand wrapped wire bar


Toggle Clasp with Miss Ficklemedia Toggle Bar


I would like to make more but will have to wait until I get more of that speckled clay, the clay I didn't know I had in the first place.  Lucky accident, right? 



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You might use a mix of glazes to achieve a vivid,bright and such a stunningly star-speckled look. Am I right?

Speckled Clay

Thank you for your comment. I do use glazes. The specks are due to iron oxide in the clay that develop when the clay is fired to high temperatures during the glaze firing.

These pendants look as if

These pendants look as if they were made by nature itself without human help, and this effect is simply amazing, I wonder how you could achieve it.

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