Carolina girl, former teacher of littles, military spouse, and momma to two little boys and our cats. My little family is currently calling the beautiful PNW (Washington state) home, though we’ve also lived and loved in Florida, Tennessee, and Hawaii throughout my husband’s Navy career!


Janie & Max came about when I was looking for a new hobby, and I was burnt out on sewing (masks). Just around the time I was searching, Emylee Williams (@emyleesays on ig) hosted a free clay earrings workshop virtually. I was hooked!

I quickly fell in love with the process of working with clay – conditioning and shaping it, mixing different colors to make a new one, experimenting with different techniques, having a vision of a new design and making it come to life! I just love it all.

I named my little corner of the clay-making world after my grandmas – Janie & Maxine – Max for short. They were both great influences and creative inspirations in my life, and I aim to make them and my momma proud every day.

I hope to teach, inspire, and build community with acceptance, love, and kindness, always. My dream for this brand new business is just beginning, and I would love it if you’d join me on the journey! Down below, you can subscribe to my free newsletter so you’ll never miss a beat. Thanks so much for checking out my little corner of the internet. I am overjoyed that you found me!

Polymer clay pieces are very lightweight and flexible when cured properly. Unlike ceramic or glass, it won’t shatter or break unless put under a lot of stress. Your clay pieces are durable for unexpected drops, but please don’t try to bend them.

All metal jewelry findings are stainless steel, unless otherwise noted in the description on a specific listing.

Benefits of stainless steel:

  • won’t tarnish
  • great for sensitive skin
  • durable and resistant to scratches and corrosion

I take great pride in my work, and I strive to always provide a quality product to my customers. Each piece is hand-crafted by me, Lara, and so is every response via social and email! Shopping at Janie & Max, you’ll not only get a quality product, but quality customer service as well.