“Artist” has been my identity for as long as I can remember. I was one of the lucky kids, in whom creativity was nourished rather than stomped out.
I see the world through an aesthetic lens. Toni Morrison said it best with, “I think of beauty as an absolute necessity…it’s almost like knowledge, which is to say, it’s what we were born for.” Drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, and graphic design are all mediums that I have explored both to bring my interior world outward, and to make my exterior world more beautiful.
After graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design, I worked in the field for several years before an itch to rekindle my love of metalsmithing led me to found Kristin Miller Jewelry. I have yet to meet a creative challenge that I haven’t grown from.
My style is refined yet organic – a union of antiquity and natural materials, the two aesthetic loves of my life.
I grew up taking yearly trips to my grandmother’s farm in the Ozarks, where I unearthed rocks and crystals that could never be found in my native city of Dallas. It instilled in me a wonder for nature and its endless possibilities.
I have a similar, instinctive fascination with the past. Whether homes, furniture or clothing, I prefer them romantically decrepit. My mom jokes about how even as a kid, I would refer to decaying buildings as “cute”.
My jewelry combines sculptural, historically derived forms in metal with natural stones for an easy elegance. Art Deco graphic design, Egyptian ornamentation, Native American motifs, and architecture from my travels are constant sources of inspiration.
Unique materials are a key element of my jewelry. I’m a natural born scavenger, as evidenced by my many unusual childhood collections (antique watch faces?). I enjoy scouring gem shows, vintage shops, and online catalogues to cherry-pick interesting stones that inspire my one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces.
In both style and craftsmanship I value longevity over trends, making my pieces to hold a permanent place in the lives of their owners.
While metalsmithing first drew me to jewelry, I’ve spent the last several years honing the craft of wax carving under the guidance of a master carver. Rather than using torches to solder sheet metal, I sculpt my forms in wax and have them molded and cast in metal. I felt an immediate kinship to the wax carving process, which I find refreshingly meditative and oddly addictive.
I take pride in designing and completing production in my Dallas studio, while outsourcing the casting work to a 40-year-old artisan run company in Albuquerque.Visit my FAQ page for more info about materials
Quality and originality are the top priorities of my line, with which I seek to build a bridge between fashion and art jewelry.