Bristol jeweller, Melanie Pike, hand crafts contemporary jewellery using traditional metal smithing techniques. She is best known for incorporating found objects and vintage ephemera into her pieces, appreciating the charm and preciousness of recycled and humble materials. She creates one-offs and small runs of highly wearable pieces. Inspired by the spirit of ancient artefacts, her pieces are quirky and distinctive.
In her commission work, she turns customers' own treasures into wearable art - transforming tiny, cherished items into very personal pieces, amulets rich in personal association for the wearer. Pike's wearable assemblages celebrate the sacred at the heart of the everyday. They were selected for the 160th and 161st Autumn Open Exhibitions at the Royal West Of England Academy and have recently featured in the US book 'Behind the Brooch'.