Melanie Burrows creates hand crafted jewelry in silver and gold
Shield pendant. Cast silver form, with<br>champleve enamel, pink tourmaline<br>cabochon, peridot trillion.<br>
ARTIST PROFILE

I first discovered a fascination with metalwork at Pratt Institute, where I earned a BFA degree. After graduation, I pursued this interest , taking classes at the Kulicke Stark Jewelry Academy in Manhattan, NY. There I learned the ancient techniques of cloisonne, repousse, granulation, and metal forming.

Knowing from the start that this was a field I would always enjoy, I began building my studio one tool at a time. The world of jewelry is vast with its many areas of craft, from the ancient to the modern cutting edge, from the ultra luxurious and opulant to the simple and personal. The possibilities of expression are endless.

Years ago I began making and selling pieces at crafts fairs and galleries. i also took work fabricating one of a kind jewelry for other designers. This work is wonderfully challenging because it involves a willingness to learn new techniques and demands a high quality of craft. I continue working with other iewelry designers today.

Sometimes the most rewarding work is the one on one collaboration with private clients. These projects will often take me on an exploration of their materials, symbology and vision, to create jewelry of particular meaning and enduring value.

I have a studio in the Hudson Valley, New York, where I live with my husband and three children. Lately, I am returning to design pieces using the techniques of cloisonne and champleve enamelling. This fused glass technique offers a wonderful combination of permanance, color, line, texture and form .
These new designs are miniature paintings encased in sculptural forms.