If you’re new here or we haven’t yet met in person, you might be wondering who I am and why I’m here writing about silver clay and my classes. Please allow me to introduce myself…
I’m Melanie Blaikie. When I was 18 I answered an anonymous advert in a national newspaper and quickly found myself recruited as a trainee diamond dealer with De Beers. My love affair with beautiful jewels began that day and I’ve not looked back. I designed for most of the big names and enjoyed an amazing career in a truly unique industry. More recently, I moved to Suffolk and discovered silversmithing. Not traditional metal work but using an incredibly ingenious new form of recycled silver made into a soft ‘clay’. By necessity, I’m pretty much self-taught as I couldn’t find a class or much helpful info at the start.
So, I quickly decided to teach classes and write a book (to be honest I now look back wonder what I was thinking…!!) I’m definitely creative, I love an adventure and have endless curiosity for the world around me. I love learning new stuff, I believe being nice is underrated and real happiness isn’t getting what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got.
Something you don’t know about me? I passed my driving test in a Citroen 2CV (a minor miracle…!) and I’ve never seen a Star Wars film.
Why not send me a few words about yourself – would be great to say ‘Hi’!
Big thanks to @anthonycullenphotography for this photo which I love…!!