I make my jewelry from special clay that contains tiny particles of silver mined from recycled metal. Silver Metal Clay, as it is called, is a delightful and limitless medium. It can be shaped, carved, molded, stamped, and sculpted. And once it’s fired, it can be highly polished or less so, and finished with pearls, stones, glass beads, or other unusual artifacts. The pieces in my current collection are inspired by nature — random swirls in sand or snow, the twists and turns of a tree branch, the motion of grasses swaying in the wind. A splash of gold adds warmth and brightness, in sharp contrast to Oregon’s dreary winter days.