Find Simple, Beachy Jewelry with Pebbles and Pearls

Local artisan turns clay into beach-inspired pearls

Don’t be disappointed, the rock in this pebble pendant is not 5,000 years old. Thank modern technology that it was hand-formed in about three hours and is light as a feather. Well, light as a polymer clay feather.

Artisan Martha Mae Emerson of Warner happened on working with polymer clay about 10 years ago. Her first love was photography, right out UNH in the late 1960s, but it was much later in her work career when she discovered polymer clay. As an elementary school counselor, she handed it to a hyperactive child who was soon selling his jewelry creations to his teachers. Emerson found the process affirming too, and eventually started her own line of jewelry that combined her love of peace, nature and all things natural.

The pebbles are hand-formed polymer clay in shades of gray to black with mica or sand amendments to make them look like beach finds. The long, freshwater pearls, or stick pearls, are often not perfectly formed. Emerson likes to think of them as a calligraphic brushstroke. Add a few polymer clay pebbles and the Zen thought is complete.

Emerson’s other jewelry configurations ­— stacked pebbles, like miniature cairns, punctuated with a white, round pearl, or her iridescent mother of pearl circles with a simple pearl center — sing with simplicity. All designs are available as earrings or necklaces and priced rather reasonably from $45 to $65. She also creates larger one-of-a-kind statement pieces with the same materials.

Contact Pebbles and Pearls at (603) 856-8678, and find the designs at the Currier Museum of Art gift shop in Manchester, the Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Gondwana & Divine Clothing Co. in Concord and MainStreet BookEnds of Warner. 

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