Muir’s highland style mokume gane

Muir's mokume polymer cuff
Muir's mokume bracelet

Scotland’s Melanie Muir says, “I am constantly inspired by the colours and patterns that surround me in the Highland landscape and by the patterns in semi precious stones such as agate and jasper.”

Melanie’s studio overlooks the ever changing waters of the Moray Firth whose turbulence and colors are often reflected in the distinctive look of her polymer mokume gane.

An article on Melanie’s work appears in the current issue of the UK’s Craft & Design magazine. She even squeezed in a sidebar tip-of-the-hat to her fellow polymer clay and metal clay artists. I’m kicking myself for not having sat down with her at Synergy to get the full story.

Melanie has been entered for the magazine’s Selected Awards 2010 so be sure to scroll to the bottom of her page, fill out the required boxes and vote for her. The public votes until April 30.

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  • reply Alison Gallant ,

    Congratulations, Mel, your work is beautiful and it was great to see you again in Baltimore.

    • reply Pippa Chandler ,

      Fantastic to see Mel’s work featured in this great magazine and wonderful to see Polymer being featured and gaining recognition in the UK Crafts Industry.

      • reply jana ,

        Melanie’s work is so beautiful and she’s such a gracious and kind person. Kudos to her on the article and the PCD feature..

        • reply Betsy ,

          Melanie’s work is exquisitely crafted and even more beautiful up close. And it’s absolutely stunning on!

          • reply Loretta ,

            ditto…on the beauty of the work and the loveliness of the lass.

            • reply Melanie West ,

              BRAVA Melanie!! Well deserved recognition for a terrific artists and a wonderful woman! You really are amazing!!

              – Warm hugs from “the other Melanie” 😉

              • reply Mags ,

                Melanie’s work is exquisite and now I am a proud owner of one of her pieces. Congrats and it was great meeting you in Baltimore!

                • reply Christi Uliczny ,

                  Congratulations Melanie! Your work is lovely, very organic,

                  • reply Ron Lehocky ,

                    Loved her work so much that I purchased a bracelet from the gallery at Synergy2. Being an avid sander/buffer myself I really appreciate her finishes.

                    She deserves the praise and recognition she is getting.

                    • reply Victoria James ,

                      Exquisite, a joy to see, Melanie’s new work is just stunning.

                      • reply Kelly Russell ,

                        What to say? Mel’s work is great and beautifully finished! feels and looks great on or off….She is also one of the sweetest girls on the planet! I am honored to count her among my friends!

                        • reply Craig Massey ,

                          I’m still looking through her site, but so far I love the texturing on the back of her “Rocks” Stretch Cuffs. It’s such a simple idea, but the contrast between the matt, textured back and the glossy front is very effective and very striking.

                          • reply Melanie Muir ,

                            What can I say – I am speechless (and those of you who know me will recognise that this is very rare!). Cynthia, thank you SO much for featuring my work and acknowledging Craft & Design’s recognition of polymer as a fine craft medium in the UK. Dear friends and fellow polymer enthusiasts, I am honoured and overwhelmed by your lovely comments – thank you all.

                            • reply Julie Picarello ,

                              One can only hope that Melanie throws her hat once more into the ring when IPCA elections roll around. Now that people have had a chance to meet her via Synergy2, they know that she is not only a skilled artisan but also an exemplary representative for the polymer community. Fingers crossed…and congratulations to her for all of her accomplishments!

                              • reply Absinthe ,

                                Nice !!!

                                • reply frances bauer ,

                                  congrats!! it was great meeting you-hope we can do it closer to home next time!

                                  • reply jean curley ,

                                    Hello Melanie.
                                    Came across your work by way of Polymer Clay Daily web page.
                                    Iam part of a new Craft Club in Invermoriston. We are all learning the Art of polymer and the amazing things to be made from it. We have a annual craft fayre here in our village (nov) and a lady who came on two conseutive years to exibit her polymer clay crafts agreed to run a few weeks of master classes last March and as you can imagine we are all hooked.We meet two saturdays a month and are learning from each other and through the internet. If you are passing come along some time and see how we are doing. Good luck with your nomination. Jean .

                                    • reply Svitlana ,

                                      I like your works so much!!! They are just genius. You deserve to be named one of the best polymer clay artist ever! Melanie Muir – you are my hero 🙂

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