Silvana Mallia is a self-taught precious metal clay artist. She designs and fabricates jewellery using this medium, which is a clay-like mix of particles of a precious metal, organic binder, and water.Firing her work in a kiln results in a solid piece of jewellery, which can then be refined using traditional silversmithing methods. Mallia works with various metals, but primarily fine silver and bronze.
When and how did you get started on your artisanal skills?
My fascination with jewellery first started with beaded designs, which was triggered by a purchase of a few beads and findings while on holiday in Paris. But then I discovered precious metal clay and it was instant obsession!
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
Individually created, original jewellery designs.
Do you have a favourite from among your own creations? If so, why?
My White Pebble Pendant, part of my Pebble Collection. The collection incorporates beach pebbles in silver or bronze settings and adding natural materials to precious metal is one of my favourite design options.
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I’m working on a mix of media including precious metal and leather, and another working with concrete.
If you weren’t an artisan, what would you be?
I am not a full-time artist, unfortunately. My main occupation is in the financial sector, so I’d be a jewellery maker.
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
A lump of metal clay and time on my hands.
Favourite colour and what it means to you?
All bright colours, aside from highlighters, that remind me of happy and carefree days.
What is your favourite indulgence?
Weekday at the beach in summer, with sunbed, umbrella, my sketchbook, and an idea for a new collection.
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