Starting with white clay, I create some beads for a new design. The process involves a process called 'conditioning the clay' which means to soften the clay. Softening the clay is an essential first step because the clay is then easy to work with. Once the clay is flexible, it is rolled out and cut out into rounds to make the beads. The individual rounds are hand rolled to create a sphere. I usually let the clay rest for a few minutes before piercing it to make holes. After handling the clay for a period of time, it can become too soft to pierce and the holes will be distorted. The holes are made using a piercing tool which can be manipulated to create different hole sizes. The beads are pushed through a pin and placed on a rack ready for baking.