Tuesday, February 1, 2011

John Paul Miller Exhibit in Cleveland

In cased you missed the John Paul Miller Exhibit here are a few of my photos from the show. My favorite is the rhinoceros above. I loved the detail, notice how all the eyes in the animals and bugs are completely granulated.

John Paul Miller actually majored in Industrial Design and thought he was going to become a water color painter. A friend he met at school, Frederick Miller, made silver jewelry and taught John Paul Miller some basics.

John was drafted to the Second World War and worked in the Armed Forces illlustrating trainging manuals. After the war he beagn teaching at the Cleveland School of Art.

His pieces that have both enamel and granulation are screwed together. That way if the enamel is damaged the piece of jewelry can be disassembled and only the enamel worked on. He said most Renissance pieces were constructed this way.

If you want to see the step by step process of how John Paul Miller does his ganulation you can look in the book, 'Jewelry Concepts and Technology' by Oppi Untracht. Or as I call it The Jewelry Bible.

They also had a few of his sketch books and sketches on the walls. I love another artists sketch book, it's like peering into their mind. To see more of his jewelry I found the a selection of 30 pieces at Enamel Newsletter Online.


Kelly Heck said...

This jewelry is so cool! It's like pieces from egyptian gods or something.

Valerie A. Heck said...

His jewelry is beyond amazing, he only lives about 4 miles from my house too but I've never met the man.

John said...

I was a student of John Paul in the late 60's.
He is a National Treasure.
By the way he celebrated his 93rd birthday on Saturday, April 23rd.
Your February tribute to him was nicely done.

Valerie A. Heck Esmont said...

Thank you John!