Q&A Mia Calderisi

 

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Did you exhibit last years SAT?

No not last summer. I did do the Christmas Bazaar which was a great
event. Wonderful atmosphere and a room full of talented artists.

What have you been up to since last years trail?

I’ve been working away on some brand new ranges and have been doing
more shows all in preparation to up my hours when my youngest starts
school in September. I did my first big trade show this year and look
forward to being involved in the Great Northern Contemporary Craft
Fair for the first time in October. I’ve also started teaching
jewellery making to adults at Wilmslow Guild.

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

I’ve recently finished a wonderful commission for a friend’s mum. As a
child she collected stones for her mum and her mum has kept them safe
and treasured them over the years. I was challenged to make them into
a charm bracelet. Without being able to drill into the stones I
designed orb shaped baskets in silver and 9ct gold to hold them. The
customer loved an old Boodles bracelet so I designed the charm
bracelet in a similar style. We were all very pleased with the end result.

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What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

I have a few new ranges of silver jewellery. I’ve been working more
and more with enamel and some pieces will make their debut at SAT16

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I will be exhibiting at Sarah Malone’s. I’m excited to be showing
here. It’s a wonderful space to show my work and I’m looking forward
to being surrounded by the work of the other talented artists
exhibiting there. I think I might need to treat myself to something
before the weekend is over.

What would be your superpower and why?

I guess that would have to be fire. As a jeweller, having fire at my
fingertips could be quite useful.

When you aren’t working what do you do?

I’m normally running around after my two little girls who have a long
list of activities, parties and trips they need ferrying to as well as
the constant tidy up needed wherever they’ve been.

Tell us something we don’t know
Last year I took up swimming lessons as it was something I didn’t get
the chance to do as a child and I’ve always wanted to improve my
technique. I did my first 1-mile open water swim last year and this
year I was involved with a group of mums and children to swim and
raise money for sports relief – we managed over £1000.

http://www.designsbymia.co.uk

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