Caroline Miller Design
Originally from Victoria, BC Caroline apprenticed under a jeweller in Montevideo, Uruguay and then went on to earn a Diploma in Jewellery and Small Object Design at the Kootenay School of Art and Design. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions and has won several awards for her jewellery.
Caroline works primarily with silver, gold and copper. With which she often incorporates precious and semi-precious stones. However, her taste in materials extends to plastics and found objects.
Her inspiration comes from her travels, sad sleeping dogs, small plastic toys, balance, evening light and asking, why not? Caroline is currently undertaking studies in the sculpture department at Emily Carr and she works from her studio in Squamsh, BC.
Although essentially a jeweller, I consider myself a metalsmith. The techniques of metalsmithing that have evolved for generations form the basis of my work. What I aim to do with them is to create pieces that hold a meaning as peculiar as the individual that may wear, look or touch them.
My work revolves around two distinct techniques- forging and construction. Along with my love of construction, I am progressing my interest in making modern forms and sculpture by traditional methods such as; raising, repousse and blacksmithing. These pieces range from small intricate constructed jewellery to larger copper hollowware vessels. I am interested in exploring all creative avenues between these points in metal.
The materials I use are primarily malleable metals: silver, gold, copper and steel. However, I like to meet the precious with the non-precious and I also use plastics such as formica and plexiglass. Additionally, I often incorporate semi-precious stones and materials I have found. Cast components are a frequent feature of my work.
Many of my pieces have a narrative, where others are simply aesthetic and perhaps more simply classical in style. I would say, in one sense my work is a microscopic study of the world we live in. In another, it is simply part of the world we live in.