MASSACHUSETTS- In the spring of 2012, Clay was struck by back-to-back personal tragedies: he lost his mom to pancreatic cancer and his partner to suicide. While still reeling from these losses, a friend introduced him to beading and Clay soon discovered it was a way to stay centered and grounded during the long and tumultuous grieving process.
While learning this art, Clay used the materials and stones he was drawn to naturally only to find out later that the properties of the beads he connected with most were those of healing, grief, grounding and transformation. Cambia means change in Spanish, a language he spent many years studying. Working with the stones so closely and so intensely allowed Clay to absorb their healing energies, and he took from them what he needed in order to transform his pain and loss into a new life direction.
Clay does not consider himself a mala master. For him, designing malas has been an organic process of growth and healing: creating beauty from pain and finding treasure in tragedy. The malas represent his struggles and his joys. They represent his experience of being human. Clay now has the amazing fortune to spend his days doing what he loves: creating beautiful malas that he hopes help in the spiritual journey of others as they did for him.