Melanie Blaikie is an internationally selling author and teacher of creative skills.
‘A chance advertisement spotted in a daily newspaper landed me my dream job – which also happened to be my very first job – as a diamond valuer for DeBeers, the diamond company. My career within the world of jewellery was sealed…!’
‘I’m proud to have created designs for many of the great names in the world of jewellery; Garrard, Asprey, Tiffany and Mappin & Webb’
‘By coincidence, it was the accidental discovery of an astonishing new medium in the world of precious metals that sparked a new career in teaching. Silver Clay is a unique and innovative form of pure silver that opens up a whole new world of possibilities to artisan jewellery makers. At the time, very little was known about this new material so I decided to share my knowledge and experience by teaching. And so, Silver Clay Workshop was born.’
‘I now teach across the UK and abroad. I contribute regularly to the creative press and have written several books on jewellery making including ‘Silver Clay Workshop: A Complete Guide To Getting Started In Silver Clay Jewellery.’
‘The phenomenal rise of the handmade movement and desire of more and more makers to earn a living from their creative skills has prompted me to write ‘Teach What You Do – a Handbook for Teaching Creative Skills’.’
Melanie lives in Suffolk, where she enjoys photography, walking on the beach and planning even more creative adventures!