Inspiration : MeanderWorks {Marilyn Brogan, jeweller}

Marilyn Brogan’s jewellery exudes peace and beauty – her gentle lines put me in mind of clouds drifting by in a bright blue sky. Perhaps it’s a result of the workspace that she has surrounded herself with – a sun-filled rooftop studio with displays of cacti and succulents and other small collections of rocks, shells and tree debris gathered from her daily walks. Maybe too it’s the simple beauty of the handmade, and its presentation on a softly textured backgrounds. Whatever it is, it’s all a beautiful package.

meanderworks - cirrus earrings - patinated silver

meanderworks – cirrus earrings – patinated silver

 

meanderworks - silver cloud earrrings

meanderworks – silver cloud earrrings

 

She started her art career amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. First studying at Virginia Commonwealth University in their highly acclaimed sculpture program, she then gained a fellowship as a Core Student at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and fell in love with metalworking.

As she says, she “followed a boy across the country to sunny San Diego”, and opened up a shop on Etsy, selling prints of drawings made at their kitchen table. With the vision of a home jewellery studio firmly in her head, over the next year or so she managed to accumulate the equipment and fundamental tools she needed. Pieces of jewellery increasingly made their way onto Etsy and in 2010, she moved her workspace from home to the rooftop studio that was once the piano bar of a historic hotel.

 

meanderworks - tourmalinated quartz ring

meanderworks – tourmalinated quartz ring

 

meanderworks - diamond stacking ring set -14k gold

meanderworks – diamond stacking ring set -14k gold

 

Being responsible to the environment is very important to her, and every piece of jewellery is constructed individually from recycled gold and silver, and from ethically sourced and traceable stones.

It’s obvious she loves what she does; the connection between her as the maker, the things she makes and the people who wear them is one she treasures – “I create each piece from raw materials to ensure that every one is unique, and so customers can share my passion, knowing that they have something made only for them.” And that love permeates through the making process too – “Metal is the best material – it’s so flexible and forgiving… Fine jewelry should be a work of art, not a mass-produced object cast and created by the thousands. That’s why all of my work is shaped, soldered and polished by hand.”

 

meanderworks - twig earrings - 14K gold

meanderworks – twig earrings – 14K gold

 

meanderworks - twig post earrings

meanderworks – twig post earrings

 

meanderworks - twig ring - patinated silver

meanderworks – twig ring – patinated silver

 

MeanderWorks was one of Etsy’s Featured Shops,  and you can find more of Marilyn’s work in the Etsy shop here.

 

marilyn in the studio

marilyn in the studio

 

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