MK Community Foundation are pleased to deliver, in partnership with Milton Keynes Council, two £500 Art bursaries to help individuals to make new developments in their creative practice and help them to achieve excellence in their future work.
Milton Keynes Community Foundation are pleased to announce that Michelle Sawbridge-Praties is one of our Arts Bursary Winners this year! Michelle is a Jewellery maker from Stony Stratford, whose work is inspired heavily by the natural landscape. Some of Michelle’s collections include jewellery designed around mountains, glaciers and wild animals. Michelle also works on bespoke designs for people looking for something unique and personal to them; working closely with the client and what their personal ideas for the jewellery are is a vital part of the bespoke process.
Michelle is one of only a few silver-smiths in Milton Keynes and works from her own home studio in Stony Stratford, where she designs and creates each piece of jewellery from scratch. Each piece of jewellery is designed to have a unique and luxurious quality. Michelle explained to us that she works to be environmentally friendly by making the most of the sheets of precious metals that she uses, and ensuring that the parts of the sheets that aren’t used, can be melted down and made into useable metal again and turned into stunning jewellery.
Michelle studied Design and Applied Arts at University, returning afterwards to Milton Keynes where she worked as a Goldsmith apprentice and subsequently Operations Manager at a bespoke manufacturing jewellers.
One of Michelle’s goals for 2019 is to grow her client base and geographical reach. One of the ways Michelle wants to achieve this is by expanding on the bespoke commissioned jewellery avenue that she offers, and enhancing her design sketching skills when creating new pieces with prospective clients.
Michelle has worked to involve herself in the local creative scene in Milton Keynes over the past few years by spending time with other artists; either by mentoring other self-start-up artists in particular metal working techniques, or sharing advice on how to market their work and spread the word of their art. Michelle has also previously held a workshop at Arts for Health, which explored how to build a business around your craft, which she has described as a very rewarding experience.
Michelle is intending on using the bursary to purchase a course that covers Jewellery Design and Rendering, which will enable her to grow her practise more. The bursary will also be used for precious materials to support new collections to be released in time for Christmas, her busiest time of year.
To find out more about Michelle and her unique collections of beautiful handmade jewellery, go to https://parkroadjewellery.com/
Images are courtesy of Michelle Sawbridge-Praties