ARTISAN WOOD-FIRED BEADS: These unique artisan beads found their way into a kiln that uses the ancient method of creating pottery. Rather than using electricity or gas (a convenience that we enjoy today) wood firing is a labor intensive process using wood. Depending on the size of the kiln, the process can take anywhere from 12 hours to days stoking the kiln around the clock. Since we have a wood fire kiln on our premises in Homer, NY, I am able to get my tiny wood fire beads fired amongst the larger pieces that are typical of a wood-firing. My husband Bill Perrine of Split Fire Pottery is a wood-fire potter. Handmade ceramic wood-fire beads are in a category all of their own.
The handcrafted artisan ceramic beads seen here are formed from high fire stoneware clay to sustain heat up to 2400 degrees F and fired using an ageless method of firing that existed before electricity or gas. Wood fire ceramic beads are a rare find. Just try a search on Google to see how few real woodfire beads there are out there! These wood-fire beads are created without molds.
NOTE: As stated above, getting glazed beads in a wood-fire kiln is a rare experience which means that these are unlike any beads out there. Handmade ceramic wood-fire beads are incredibly durable and will add a unique look to your handmade jewelry designs. To learn more about wood-fire, check out http://splitfirepottery.com