Marian Miller – Penland, NC
“I want to commemorate, honor and give reverence to important beings and accomplishments in a person’s life.
The hard yet malleable qualities of precious metal are what draw me in. I stamp, join, form, oxidize, and a unique piece emerges. My aspiration is that each piece brings meaning to the wearer: A talisman, a reminder of an existence larger than ourselves, a celebration, a message that inspires, or simply something beautiful to delight in.
My search for materials is like a treasure hunt taking me from rusty trash dumps to flea markets to gem shows. I look for old-fashioned objects with a previous life—antique gambling chips, buttons and vintage tins. I hunt for organic specimens—rough stones, wood and fossils; as well as pieces of impeccable quality—uniquely cut, one-of-a-kind gemstones. Then I add texture with my rolling mill, stamp words and phrases and use patinas. I enjoy mixing non-traditional metals such as steel and tin with fine, precious metals.
I use shell and pearl to reflect my connection to the beaches of the Gulf Coast of Alabama, where I spent my childhood. I honor the inspiration I get from the smiths of the Southwest through the techniques I use and my attention to craftsmanship. My work is also a reflection of my former life as an art therapist, using creativity to support and encourage others.
It is my hope that the intention of my spiritual practice—to bring more peace, love, compassion, beauty and healing to the world—infuses my work and those who wear it.” – Marian Miller