Kathy Rubesha has been a clay person for over thirty years. She began making porcelain jewelry in 1998, and had a thriving porcelain jewelry business in Los Angeles. Starting with pure white porcelain clay, earth elements are added—these can be cobalt, chromium, zirconium, titanium, rutile, and red iron oxide, or other specially formulated colorants for rich yellows, browns and oranges and reds. Then, using ancient Japanese techniques, the clay is then combined in a way that results in “stones” that rival the incredible beauty of what Mother Earth has produced. Once a combination of these various colors is constructed and the beads are made—all by hand—they are then fired to 2380° F.