Nordic artisan jewelry from Finland


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About ViitasallaDesign

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How I Became a Metal Clay Artist

My mother tells a story of how I as a child just loved to roll tiny balls of playdough in my fingers - sometimes she could even find me in my bed fallen asleep with my precious playdough pressed tight in my hands.

Later on as a pre-teen I remember crafting a series of earrings for my mother of colourful plastic foam sheets which were a novelty at the local crafts store at the time. It felt exhilarating and new ideas just flowed in. Then the ceramics came along. I attended a ceramics workshop as a teenager and oh, how I loved the material. To be able to form clay from ideas into solid three-dimensional objects, it was fantastic and new to me. I continued at the workshop for years creating pottery and sculptures of different forms and sizes.

Then came a period when I didn't have anything to do with ceramics. But I longed for it from time to time and leafed through some course catalogues. But there never seemed to be a suitable time. Until a few years back when I decided I wanted to take a summer course on ceramics. I went online and searched for suitable courses. I didn't find any great ones but instead found a course for silver clay. Suddenly I remembered reading about it earlier and after giving it a bit of thought I enrolled to a weekend course.

And there it was, the incredible medium I had been waiting for years, this magic compound which could be formed like clay but turned into pure fine silver after a visit to the kiln. I was amazed and thrilled. I had to quickly learn more and before I even realized it I had enrolled myself to an Art Clay Silver Instructor course. I wanted to learn things beyond the basics and to learn them well. The course was excellent and led me to a path of continuous exploration.

What is perfect with this medium is that you always seem to be able to learn more, experiment and find new ways to work with the clay. To challenge yourself with complicated three dimensional forms and to make valuable unique pieces for yourself and others to wear. I seem to never grow tired to working with metal clay - and I really hope that I won't either.

Shop members

  • Salla

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    I am a Finnish jewelry designer with a passion towards this material that behaves like clay but forms real solid metal pieces when fired in kiln that is called metal clay. I have certified as a Art Clay Silver teacher level 1 & 2 in 2012-2014

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
Viitasalla Design has been created by a Nordic artisan designing unique jewelry for everyday use. The items of the shop have been handmade in Finland from fine silver, bronze and steel - sometimes spiced up with some mixed media accents.

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Any items in this shop are handmade, either totally unique or a part of a small batch of that particular design. Either way each piece is unique and shows the signs of artisan work. This means that small imperfections might occur and should be treated as a part of the charm of handmade.

Metal clay items are made for wearing and should withstand regular use. In the case Viitasalla Design jewellery breaks please contact viitasalla [!at] asap. The possible refund or repairment of broken items will be evalued case by case depending on the period the jewellery has been used and how it has been handled.
The shop accepts payments through PayPal.
The prices do not include VAT.

With silver items note that the Finnish Authorities require hallmarking only for silver items above 10 grams. Some silver pieces on the shop might not bear the hallmarking for aesthetic reasons, these items have been weighed and are below the 10 gram limit. All Viitasalla Design silver items are made of the products of the distinguished Art Clay Silver brand and are 999 fine silver unless stated otherwise.
The shipping costs of the item include packaging and regular postage fees. If you want your order to be delivered as a registed letter or as an insured parcel please contact me before ordering by e-mail: viitasalla [!at] so I can calculate the accurate postage fees for you.

Please note that Viitasalla Design is not responsible for any customs charges, tax fees or other expenses that might occur on international orders.