Who Said Clay was Just for Kids to Play With?

Jewellery designer Radha Srikanth shows us how to think outside the mould...

Published: 19th February 2014 07:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th February 2014 07:56 AM   |  A+A-


After being bored with jewellery made of gold, silver and metal, you must have definitely tried paper, terracotta, cloth and so on... but clay jewellery? We doubt most would have tried it. And that’s where Radha Srikanth’s raw clay creations come in.

Radha, who has a diploma in Jewellery Making with training in the Keeumbo course (gold overlay over silver) from San Francisco, always wanted to do something unique. “After a lot of research, I picked clay and found a lady based in Israel who works with clay jewellery,” she says.

The city-based designer adds that she was so passionate about learning the art that she took online classes and went on to purchase numerous books from Amazon.

Radha, who initially made wire jewellery, has been working with clay for the past two years. “Wire jewellery was not well accepted here but people are really going for my clay creations,” she smiles.

According to Radha, the polymer clay and the special colours called metallic mica powder that she uses for her jewellery are imported from the US as they aren’t available here.

“I don’t use acrylic or any other paint as they wear out. These materials are permanent and the clay doesn’t break.” She elaborates that no moulds or structured design aid is used as part of the process – everything is handmade. One look at the jewellery and you can guess from the intricate floral designs, how dexterous her fingers are.

First the jewellery is made by hand and then baked in an OTG. Explaining the difference between terracotta and clay jewellery, she says, “Terracotta is burned clay and the jewellery is made after it is burned, whereas in this case the jewellery pieces are made, then baked and finally given a shape.” She adds that this is lighter than any other form of jewellery including terracotta and this is the reason why she gets bulk orders from people living in Malaysia and Dubai as well.

The jewellery is priced between `150 and `3,000.Orders can be placed at www.claycreation.co or www.facebook.com/clayjewelry 

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