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Art & Craft features Melinda Risk

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Art & Craft features Melinda Risk

Jewels

I love making tiny things. They seem very personal and can hold many secrets. I still have my dollhouse furniture from when I was little, and my shelves are filled with small precious things that I have collected and created over the years. The small sculptures that I make happen to be wearable and each tells a story.

My ideas come from everywhere – nature, music, fairy tales, my cats, spirituality and much more. I make each piece myself by hand in my studio at my home. I combine traditional materials like gold, silver, diamonds, and gemstones with non-traditional materials including porcelain, wood, resin, bone, copper, bronze and flower petals. I challenge myself to work with no rules while designing but maintaining a level of craftsmanship that makes each piece archival. I use a variety of techniques including carving, casting, fabricating, raising, forging, enameling and granulation.

Melinda Risk

I graduated with a degree in Jewelry/ Metals from Kent State University and I am self-taught in ceramics.

My work has been sold in galleries all over the country as well as published in:

Narrative Jewelry: Tales From the Toolbox by Mark Fenn

Gemstone Jewels by Lark Books

New Rings, Designs from Around the World by Nicolas Estrada

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