In the summer of 2020, amidst the chaos of a pandemic, job changes, personal loss, and much more, I started working with polymer clay. I quickly recognized this material as so much more than just something that could keep my hands busy. It became a way for me to feel creative again, a way to appreciate the natural world, and a way to bring joy to others. Olim Clay Co. jewelry is designed with intention and purpose. Each piece is entirely handmade and thoughtfully crafted to spark a conversation, remind you of a favorite vacation, or bring a bit of the outdoors in. I care deeply about creating jewelry that is designed to last, which informs my choices about both materials and processes. “Olim” is a Latin word meaning “one day” or “once upon a time,” and it was selected in recognition of that one small moment during a hike or one quick photograph of a beautiful place that can change your life. It is my goal to capture these moments in my pieces so that you can take them with you wherever you go.
Natural patterns and textures
Materials and Techniques
I design small-batch, nature-inspired polymer clay jewelry. I start with blocks of polymer clay that are then blended together to create custom colors. I use different techniques such as marbling, mokume gane, and cane work to introduce the various designs and patterns. I add texture with found materials such as sandpaper, paintbrush fibers, and wooden dowels. I choose shapes and textures that either abstractly or literally mimic natural phenomena, such as mountains, shorelines, glaciers, rock formations, flower petals, and more. The clay is then cured in the oven until hardened, sanded and buffed until smooth, and assembled into earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and barrettes. I finish my jewelry using hypoallergenic and high-quality metals such as titanium, argentium silver, and 14K gold fill, so that even those with sensitive skin can wear these designs every day.