Cindy Miller, United States
Always looking for new creative outlets, Cindy enrolled in a silversmith class while living in Colorado and began applying her skills to jewelry design. Traditional silver work soon led to the discovery of Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and quickly became Cindy's medium of choice. Cindy has been working with metal clay since 2005 and received her PMC certification in 2008. As part of the Metal Clay Masters Registry she has earned the level of Maters Level II. Her work combines the best of metal clay and traditional metal working techniques. In May 2013 Cindy won Best of Show at the Augusta Staunton Art Show and was rewarded with a gallery showing the following spring. She was also a contributing artist to the exhibition entitled Cultural messages: Symbolism Through the Ages at Purdue University in 2008 and a Crafthaus exhibition entitled New Directions: Powder Metallurgy (Metal Clay) in a Sheet Metal World in 2011. Cindy is a member of the Alabama Designer and Crafts Guild.
"I believe we all respond to images and symbols at a very basic level. As an artist and anthropologist, I spend a lot of time thinking about how ancient imagery resonates in today's world. My designs are heavily influenced by the past. Sometimes this is a very literal interpretation other times the influence is subtle - perhaps a shape or detail that intrigues me. Sometimes it is my Native American heritage that finds it's way into my work. I can't help but feel a connection to artisans of the past. I study ancient pieces for inspiration and I'm always captivated by the ingenuity, creativity, and artistry I find.”