Today we are visiting the studio of Rachel Miller, precious metal clay designer.
She began making wire-wrap jewelry and then took the plunge and purchased a kiln. "I just wanted to be able to make more [of my pieces] on my own," she says. (Can you see the delicate heart in the middle of these Star of David necklaces?)
Her inspiration board holds ideas for future projects, works in progress, fan mail and tidbits from her daughters.
Rachel's work begins with a sketch. Her mezuzahs have an international following.
Today she is designing a mezuzah in the likeness of a Brownstone.
She uses molds and stamps that she collects and makes herself.
Her pieces are fired in her kiln at 1600 degrees for two hours. Then they head to her finishing table where they are polished.
When the clay work is complete, Rachel begins constructing her jewelry. She only uses real gemstones and fine silver.
Two of Rachel's pieces were selected for this year's PMC Annual, published by the PMC Guild. This is a huge honor.
You can see Rachel's work in person this weekend:
Sunday, November 21