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We have always found enjoyment working in clay and most specifically colored porcelains. Starting in 1997 we began to learn and experiment with the Japanese process known as nerikomi. The process begins in our studio with the mixing of the porcelain using our own recipe. Stain is then added to the porcelain to make several colors and shades of our colored clay. Designs are created by layering the colored porcelain in various ways while actually building the patterns into large blocks or loaves. Each piece of jewelry is sliced from the block and carefully shaped, sanded and wiped clean with a damp cloth. It is then bisque fired, followed by a glaze firing to cone 6. A third and final firing of 24 karat gold luster is applied to the edge of each piece. All the rich depth of colors found in our designs are from colored porcelains. No paints, colored glazes or under glazes have been added.