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[New Orchid Gallery] Joella Miller


Joella Miller

I started designing jewelry a few years ago after being attracted to
beads on a trip to Chicago for my birthday when a glitzy red beaded
watch called my name from across the counter at Marshall Field’s. My
hubby bought the watch for me and beads and jewelry have become an

A gardener for many years, I work with my beads in much the same way
that I planned and planted my flower beds. By looking at the color,
examining the shape of and the pattern in the stones, I create my
jewelry. I work with a growing selection of US artisan
lampwork, sterling wire, copper wire, and of course, Swarovski
crystals. My jewelry is constantly changing as I learn new
techniques and find new materials. I’m currently learning chain
maille the ancient art of making armor from interconnected rings.

I am a member of 14 South Artists of South Central WI and the
International Jewelry Designer’s Guild. My work was recently
accepted for the gallery on the Portal of Wisconsin, a non-profit
web site created by the Cultural Coalition to promote culture, arts,
humanities and history in Wisconsin.