Q&A jeweller Mia Calderisi

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What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am a jewellery designer maker. I have trained as both a silversmith and a goldsmith. My work incorporates traditional techniques with modern design. My ranges are made mainly of sterling silver with some gold features. I use enamel and stonesetting to incorporate colour into my work. Using techniques such as granulation and reticulation I add bold textures to the metal.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Unique, wearable, lasting, skilled, beautiful.

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Do you have any design heroes?

I adore Lalique’s work and the intricate work from many designers of the art nouveaux period. The ability to take a rigid form and make it flow like the natural forms found in nature.

Where is your studio?

I have a small workshop in Stockport

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Sawing, hammering, annealing, pickling, forming, soldering, researching, emailing, emerying, polishing.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I’m working on a commission for a client in Italy. They have commissioned me to make one of my granulated rings in 18ct yellow gold with two wonderfully green malachites.

What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new? Anything christmassy? Perfect christmas present?

My colourful enamelled range of rings and earrings, pendants, necklaces and one of two things that I’ve not quite decided on….find out on the day.

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