LocalTexture

Colorful, Textural, Patterned, Porcelain Jewelry & Ware

Chattanooga, Tennessee

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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 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 below: Building a Colorful Life in Porcelain.

I hope you will enjoy browsing.

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Last updated on May 13, 2020

Welcome!
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 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 below: Building a Colorful Life in Porcelain.

I hope you will enjoy browsing.

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About LocalTexture

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Building a Colorful Life in Porcelain

For more than 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 jewelry 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 ceramic work is created by forming pieces from slabs of porcelain and colored porcelain. I begin by hand-coloring liquid porcelain clay with stains and oxides into small batches of workable clay. I often use transfer drawings or make templates of the forms I plan to make and will then cut out pieces from the rolled slabs of clay. Once the piece is formed, I allow it to slowly dry before the decorating process can occur.

I often combine surface techniques but the basis of my designs involve resists and layered, colored porcelain slips. I will draw onto the clay with wax or shellac (or both) and apply several layers slip as I go. Each time a layer is applied, I am masking or etching areas of the design, as needed. When this first step of the design is complete, I will fire the piece to a very "soft" bisque; this means that the shellac and wax are burned out along with the water content within the clay, so I can continue to add embellishment to the design areas that were previously drawn in a resist. At this point, I paint with underglaze pigments and when complete, fire to a "hard" bisque (to burn out impurities and "set" the underglaze). The next firing will bring the piece to its full maturity (as a high-fire body), so I will apply glaze to the areas I choose to enhance the colors and the design. The entire process often takes many weeks in process, as porcelain needs to be dried, fired and cooled slowly and the design work is complex.


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

Shop members

  • Colleen

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Shipper

    A New Jersey native, I was sewing by age four, crafting by five and live to create artwork each day. When I'm not art-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 and can construct pretty much anything. He's a great guy...my guy.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 28, 2020
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

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
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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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).

Each jewelry purchase is packaged for presentation in a fabric gift pouch containing extra backings for post earrings or wire keepers for earwires. Gift wrapping is available upon request.
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. We can start a conversation but the finished piece could take a while.