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Melanie Muir

Internationally award winning designer Melanie Muir is based in Nairn, Scotland, and creates jewellery entirely by hand, using a process inspired by the ancient Japanese metal working technique, “mokume gane”. The creation of her work involves patterned veneers of polymer and several stages of “firing” at low temperatures. Base shapes are moulded and fired, then decorative veneers are applied and the pieces are “wrapped” from behind in another plain layer of clay. Once the final firing is complete, the pieces then go through many levels of fine sanding and buffing to create their lacquer-like finish. The end result makes for a beautiful yet practical and robust item. Her work is represented in galleries and is in the collections of private individuals worldwide. She was a Silver winner in the Selected Awards 2010 and more recently won both Gold and Silver in the International 'Bead Dreams' competition in the USA. In 2013 she was awarded Best In Show by the International Polymer Clay Association in their annual competition. Melanie is much sought after as a teacher and travels the world, sharing her techniques and inspiring others.

“I am constantly inspired by the colours and patterns that surround me in the Highland landscape. My jewellery is deceptively simple in form, but the creation and application of pattern is critical. The qualities of polymer also enable me to introduce vibrant layers of colour. My simple wish is to create jewellery which is so beautiful and unusual that it speaks to someone else and inspires them to purchase and wear my work. Every piece I make is completely unique and I hope my clients experience pleasure each time they wear my jewellery.”

Melanie's range includes necklaces, pendants, brooches, earrings and a wide variety of different cuff bracelets.

craft&design Selected Silver Award Winner 2010
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