Jewelry with Natural Style
Meg's jewelry designs are often inspired from the organic shapes found in nature and sea life. She produces a large line of earrings, pendants, pins and bracelets.
With 100+ designs and variations, some of her designs feature: halibut, crab, sea turtles, octopus, sea shell, sand dollar, whale's tail, birch tree, heron, owl, and ravens
All of her jewelry starts out as a flat sheet of metal. She uses a jewelers hand saw to cut out the shapes. Designs are stamped into the surface and the piece is then beaten to give it form and texture.
The next step is soldering.The shape becomes an earring, pin, pendant or bracelet.
Oxidizing or patinating come next. Some pieces get highlights polished in and then three coats of lacquer over the patina to protect the finish.
If you have purchased a piece with the patina, treat it gently and clean with a damp cloth, if necessary. This finish, while it can be long lasting, is not permanent. If it begins to change, return it to Meg and she will refresh it, free of charge.
Meg Bradley, a metal smith working primarily in silver and copper, was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Her early experiences of hiking and climbing with her family in the rugged Cascade Mountain Range have brought a deep appreciation for natural forms and details, which have woven their way into her work.
An adventuresome soul, Meg moved to a small fishing town in Alaska, where she lived for several years.There, she met her husband, a commercial fisherman, who introduced her to the strange and wonderful creatures of the sea. She has accompanied him on trips in the waters of the Inland Passage, exploring and observing the life that infuses much of her work. The result is a wondrous tumble of sea life, soaring birds, insects, leaves and flora. In addition, her children have occasionally supplied her with drawing or ideas that inspire her and become jewelry pieces.
One of Meg's great joys is her interaction with the people who wear her jewelry. She like the conversations, ideas and suggestions, which are so valuable to her growth as an artist. There is ample opportunity for this through her participation in numerous fairs and festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Meg loves that her designs help her clients express their personality and joys in life. She is often told that her jewelry is their favorite and it is worn all the time. More than once she has made one earring to replace a lost one.
She currently lives in Eugene, Oregon.