Melanie studied at Berkshire College of Art and Design where she gained a BTEC diploma; she then continued her studies at Plymouth College of Art and Design, gaining an HND in Design Metals.
Both courses gave her a deep grounding in fundamental jewellery and silversmithing skills.
Melanie has won four awards to date:
- Royal Society of British Sculptors medal design competition
- Prince’s Trust bursary
- Antony Everett award (Prince’s Trust)
- Michael Spiers Jewellery award (Southwest Academy summer exhibition)
She set up her own business in 1996 and has been making and designing jewellery ever since. She also spent some time working for Mortimers – an independent jewellers in Exeter – experiencing all aspects of the antique jewellery trade.
Melanie has been teaching since 1999, in and around venues in Devon and has completed City and Guilds adult education training.
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