EarthWhorls Celebrates the Artistry of Glass & Clay

by Susan A. Katz July 16, 2015 1 Comment

As a jewelry designer, I am always looking for inspiration.  I almost always find it in Nature.  It’s there for me at sunset, when the sky turns the color of ripe peaches and shadows creep like fingers across my field, touching the tops of trees, creating golden crowns in the branches.  Or, I find inspiration at the ocean – where Nature graciously offers up shells and polished stones in a banquet of bounty.  There is, in fact, inspiration everywhere in this wild and wonderful world and I am joyfully grateful for the opportunity to hold a stone or other natural element in my hand, agate or abalone, amethyst or amber – and let it sing its way into an EarthWhorls design.

But, I am also inspired by the creative genius of others.  Glass artists, who create incredible visions, layer upon layer, in glass “cases” echoing the beauty and power, the vastness and versatility of nature and natural elements.  The lovely pendant you see below is the vision of one such artist and speaks to me, of the earth, of the sea, of an endless energy and restless motion.  I loved the weight and feel of it in my hand and I loved the way it echoed the shifting colors of the jade stones I paired it with.

And I loved the glass earrings that bring with them a sense of discovery.  Inside each bead, golden threads, silver threads gleam as though one had unearthed them, as though one had found, a treasure.  Gloriously green, unashamedly glittering, these beads inspired, from me, a simple design – a backdrop upon which they could perform.

And perhaps, in some way, I am most inspired by these African clay beads that you see below in a melting of green and blue, earth tones.  I see sea, land, sky all coming together in this free form, hand painted design.  And what most inspires me is that these beads are created by African women who harvest the clay and the elements they need to make the dyes they paint with.  Theirs is a story of vision and vitality and, in the end, survival.  They discovered their art – they shared it with the world and the world has embraced it and in so doing, given these amazing women the chance to provide for their families and enrich the lives of their villages.  You will be seeing a lot more African Clay Bead Jewelry from EarthWhorls in the weeks and months ahead.

Check out these lovely new designs and celebrate with me the beauty and artistry of glass and clay at

- Susan

Susan A. Katz
Susan A. Katz


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December 27, 2015

The art faculty at Weber State University all slouhd have the chance to take advantage of this opportunity! I will send the link to Mark Biddle!Thank you!Joan Thompson

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