Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Winters.
Melissa, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
As most creative people would probably say, I have been creating my entire life. I was very fortunate to have two grandmothers from the depression era. They both were creative in their own ways. The best thing about creating with my grandmothers was the fact that they would find new uses for old things. I find myself doing that often. Little scraps that I find on the ground or items that are not meant for jewelry that I repurpose into jewelry. I have found using resin and vintage jewelry or found objects that I can make some very interesting and unique pieces. And that is my goal. My goal is to make something that you won’t find anywhere else. That way you can have a unique piece of jewelry that is truly your own. I graduated from Otterbein College with a degree in human ecology. I really feel that everyone at Otterbein allowed me the freedom to see options everywhere.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My biggest obstacle has been finding a group of people who appreciate my style of jewelry. I love to say I am not Pizza. Which means not everyone loves me. So, my jewelry is definitely for someone with unique style and taste.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in using a two-part Jeweler’s grade resin. I really enjoy the way resin allows me to attach items together, giving it a sleek glass-like finish. It is very important to me to not make cookie-cutter items. I want the owners of my jewelry to be proud of their unique and special piece.
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
I hope in the next 5 to 10 years, we see people in the jewelry business willing to take more risks. I hope to see more large and bold pieces in the market.
- 15-100 is the range for most of my items
- I do custom work
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