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LocalTexture

Textural, Patterned, Porcelain Jewelry & Wares

Chattanooga, Tennessee · 132 Sales

LocalTexture

Textural, Patterned, Porcelain Jewelry & Wares

Chattanooga, Tennessee 132 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(48)

Announcement   Welcome and thank you for stopping by.

My name is Colleen and I am the sole designer and maker of the jewelry and small wares/accessories under the collection, Local Texture. All the works of art are one-of-a-kind. All pieces are made of high-fired porcelain (with three-four firings) and the jewelry is assembled using Sterling silver wire and findings (clasps, rings, crimps, etc.). For a more detailed statement on the process, please see the “ABOUT” page.

I hope you will enjoy browsing.

Announcement

Welcome and thank you for stopping by.

My name is Colleen and I am the sole designer and maker of the jewelry and small wares/accessories under the collection, Local Texture. All the works of art are one-of-a-kind. All pieces are made of high-fired porcelain (with three-four firings) and the jewelry is assembled using Sterling silver wire and findings (clasps, rings, crimps, etc.). For a more detailed statement on the process, please see the “ABOUT” page.

I hope you will enjoy browsing.

Colleen Williams

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Colleen Williams

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(48)
alswv1

alswv1 on Mar 10, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

They are stunning! The shipping to the Netherlands took less time than expected. Communication with Colleen was really excellent and helpful.

willis1836

willis1836 on Sep 15, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful earrings given as gift. Seller very generous-sent a bonus pair! Have bought other items here. Love this vendor!

indigorose10

indigorose10 on Jun 21, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for my beautiful earrings! I received them in 1 business day and couldn't believe how fast you sent them out. Thanks also for the bonus pair. I have never gotten anything for free - - so unexpected. I will always buy from your shop when I visit you at craft shows. All your work is just beautiful!!

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About

Building a Colorful Life in Porcelain

For the last twenty years, my line of "Local Texture" jewelry has evolved into a line of wearable art, collected by women nationwide. Along the way, I have added decorative housewares and porcelain fine art pieces into my collection.

Having a fondness for pattern, I often use symbols, universal or ethnic, to subtly convey a sense of place. I do all of the stages of the process myself; it is very time consuming and I am able to sell only what I can produce with my own two hands. This limits me as far as wholesaling the pieces, so instead I exhibit in a select few art galleries and at fine art and craft shows across the country. This allows for each collected piece to be truly special.

My process begins by layering a porcelain slab with layers of porcelain slip to create a colored background. On this slab, I razor-etch and hand-stamp an overall textural pattern using tiny, previously fired porcelain, motif stamps. From this decorated slab, I cut out my designs, drill holes, mold them to give the pieces a domed shape, sand the edges, allowing them to dry before high-firing them in an electric kiln. The next step involves placing a colored glaze in each of the depressions left by the stamps (each motif is assigned a different color). After the firing for the glazes, I paint an iridescent overglaze luster over almost every glazed area. Finally, after that firing, I will further embellish the designs with a 22 KT gold luster and fire the pieces for the last time.

The pieces are a long time in the making, as the techniques are easy to learn but slow to perfect and require a lot of patience. A single bead-piece may only be finished for assembly after two weeks of layered techniques and firings. The finished artwork is always a delight for me to see and I’ve enjoyed almost every minute of it—okay, I don’t like the sanding.

The decorative work starts similarly but the process takes a turn after several layers of slip have been applied to a base porcelain slab. The top layer is allowed to dry and a design is drawn onto its surface. Eventually, I retrace the design using shellac which will act as a resist when dry and reveal the layers as the piece is etched using water and a damp sponge. Further embellishment is achieved with the application of underglazes and finished with a final gloss glaze, either in part to enhance just the raised design or the entire piece, often depending upon the piece's intended use.

In days to come, expect to see an ever-expanding palette and a variety of new pieces. Thanks for supporting independent artists everywhere!

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  • Colleen

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Shipper

    A New Jersey native, I was sewing by four, crafting by five and live to create artwork each day. When I'm not making, I am looking around at life to see how all the pieces fit together...I'm fascinated with foreign cultures and customs.

  • Nestor

    Photographer And Chief Of Encouragement

    Originally from Cuba, Nestor is a classically-trained dancer, a fine art painter of the human form and is codirector of NAACO Gallery. He's a great guy...my guy.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 3, 2016
Welcome to Local Texture!

Thank you for taking the time to view the designs and creations of Colleen Williams, reflecting years of development and mastery. It is my hope that you will check back frequently as new designs will be added regularly.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
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Payment
In addition to ETSY Direct Checkout, I will happily accept PayPal.
Shipping
Items are shipped out within 48 hours of receipt of payment

I ship using USPS “First Class Mail” for all domestic and international transactions. For domestic addresses, a tracking number will be provided and sent to the buyer via email. I do not provide tracking for international recipients, trying to keep the shipping costs affordable (sorry). Please email me prior to the order for any shipping upgrades so that I can make the adjustment.

Each jewelry purchase is packaged for presentation in a fabric gift pouch containing extra backings for post earrings or wire keepers. Gift wrapping is available upon request.
Refunds and Exchanges
It is my hope that you will be delighted with your choice of items but, for any reason, if you are dissatisfied, please contact me within three days after receipt of purchase and I will gladly discuss with you the options of how to make things right.

If there is damage during shipping, I will replace the item (as close to the original as possible) or offer a refund (less shipping costs), after I have received the damaged piece in return.
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Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders:
Being that my work is so small and require multiple kiln firings, specialized, custom work can take a long while, as I make enough pieces to warrant each firing.