About Melissa

I am a wife, mother and a Goldsmith jewelry designer. Creating jewelry is a constant journey of joyful exploration!

For me making art was always my favorite thing to do even from childhood.... It wasn't until Art School in college that I took my first Metalsmithing class and as soon as I touched the metal I knew that was what I wanted to do.  Studying Metalsmithing at East Carolina University, Montana State University and in Italy.  I had various apprenticeships with a famous Italian Goldsmith Lisa Sotilis (she owns DeChirico's Sculpture Collection), Montana blacksmiths, swordsmiths (yes,you read that right!) and lapidary artists. Ultimately, receiving a BFA in Metal Design.  After that began my own business and have been happily making jewelry for the last 20 years.  I love what I do and I hope to design something for you!

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For the past 9 years, Ii have been Designing and Consulting for Made By Survivors, and great non-profit giving Women a new means to make a living after being rescued from a life of Human Trafficking. Check them out MadebySurvivors.com 

Magazine publications: Vogue, Brides, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Grey Likes, Inspired By This, Once Wed, Magnolia Rouge, Ruffled, Folk, Wedding Chicks and more. 

Published in the book: RELEVANT NATION 40 artists/activists under 40 changing the world
Jewelry Designer for numerous Feature Films.

The importance of "greening" my studio has become even more important after having our 3 kids under 8 years old! So, now I am striving to apply the most environmentally friendly practices including the use of recycled gold and the least toxic studio chemicals. For 20 years I have been taking the scraps and melting, molding, and hammering them into a new forms, recycling and transforming. Craftsmanship to me is about excellence but not perfection; by leaving small marks of the work-process of forming, forging and soldering the hand-made quality of crafting remains visible. A reminder that our human flaws and imperfections are engulfed with beauty, yet real.