My shop focuses on beads with a story. While I do make my own ceramic beads, I absolutely love finding audiences for some of my favorite artists. I've loved promoting Bob's beads for several years now, and that interest has not waned. Bob began making porcelain and ceramic beads in 1972 and 1973 to be featured in his wife's macrame' baskets, back in the day. Eventually, though, he embarked on a career, one from which he retired about five or so years ago. Out came the beads from the attic, a visit to Gahanna Bead Studio by Bob, a trunk show, and the rest, as they say, is history. I love his vintage beads because they are earthy and organic and pair well with not only my own ceramic focals and the handmade Moroccan and Greek beads that I sell, but also with all manner of other, commercial beads. Recently Bob has begun a new foray into making beads that he wants to resemble trade beads, and his favorite technique is Nerikomi, an ancient Japanese technique which focuses on coloring the clay before it's formed, rather than glazing it afterwards. These are an example of that technique. Because they are so unique, your jewelry will take on a signature look when you feature his beads in your work. I encourage you to give his beads a try! You can weave them into baskets, string them on beading wire, hemp, ribbon, chain or anything else that will fit through the somewhat biggish holes. They'll even work on hair, to the extent that the hole size is large enough.
Please note that pictures are enlarged to show detail.
Whirlpool: Blue and white beachy tubes, marbled in high-fire porcelain. The beads in this lot of beads measure approximately 15mm long x 6 to 7mm in diameter, with a 2.5 or so mm hole. Since these were individually handmade, measurements will vary. You will receive eight beads in the pattern shown, though not these exact beads. I mix these with wood, sterling silver, bronze, semi-precious stones, and anything else I can get my hands on. They are simply wonderful!
I ship via first class USPS with tracking and first class international mail with customs forms for most items and usually get your order shipped within three days, at most. I email a notification from Endicia with tracking information. Insurance is highly suggested! I will not reimburse or replace items that are lost through no fault of my own. Thanks for understanding.
Please pay through PayPal or Etsy online payments within seven days of purchase. Thank you!
Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept returns or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Custom or personalized orders
Perishable products (like food or flowers)
Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Items on sale
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Additional return information
Returns are not accepted except under extreme circumstances. Each person's request is considered on a case-by-case basis.
For many of the items I carry, I have back-up stock. If you wish to buy more than is listed, please convo me and I will list a reserve lot for you.