My name is Melissa Pedersen (which also happens to be my business name – Melissa Pedersen Jewellery) and I live in Calgary Alberta. I was born here, went to school here, met my husband and got married here… I guess I just like it here lol!
What you sell and why?
I sell one of a kind handmade sterling silver jewellery inspired by nature. I really like the solitary process of designing and creating. I have a large vegetable garden each year and much of my inspiration comes out of my time spent there. Recently I moved my studio into my basement so I can catch an hour or two when I have time. I am the mother of a busy one and a half year old and we are expecting our second baby boy at the end of September! I love that I can still make a little money on the side as a stay at home mom, I plan to pick up full time again when my boys are in elementary school.
When and how you got started?
As a child I always liked making things, my mom is really crafty herself, so she really encouraged me. With my parents support I got accepted to the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) straight out of high school. I fell in love with metal working and my husband in my very first jewellery class! In my third year of the program we got married and I dropped down my course load to prepare for the wedding and make all the jewellery. Our wedding bands were the very first time I worked with gold, I learned how to alloy the metal myself. It took me an extra year to complete my degree but in 2009 I received my Bachelors of Fine Arts. The Jewellery program at ACAD covered much of the basics, I really loved how I could try all different techniques and processes and now just focus on what works best for me.
My shop name is just my own name, I already was building up my brand while in school so I just stuck with it.
The items from my shop that I enjoy making the most have to be anything one a kind, but I especially like making my fused argentium sterling silver rings. They are the least structured, many times I don’t even start with a drawing, I just see where the metal takes me. Sometimes I like to use little bits from other projects that didn’t turn out
This bean ring is a good example, because even if I tried to make it again in a different size it would look totally different. No two are alike.
What’s your favourite part of the selling experience?
I actually really enjoy selling my work at shows, I like to meet the customers and see their initial reaction, to find out what they like the most about the jewellery. Many times my work is purchased for a special occasion, like an anniversary or graduation gift. I love finding out that the jewellery becomes more than just ornamentation, it takes on new meaning and significance. It becomes a memory vessel for that special event or person, I feel especially honoured when I get to make jewellery for weddings!
Do you have a day job?
My current employment position, a full time stay at home mom, is awesome! Before I had my son I was working at a jewellery gallery very part time, and in my studio the rest of the time.
Are there other crafts you’d like to try?
I would love to get a kiln and explore precious metal clay some more. Totally unrelated to jewellery, I would like to experiment with silk screening on cloth and sewing. I also have some fairly large canvases just waiting to be painted.
Please provide 5 random facts about yourself to help the team get to know you better. Thank you!
1. I have an extreme sweet tooth, I especially love gummy candy.
2. My studio probably has more tools than my husband, dad and brother in law combined. I am a tool addict!
3. I am a devoted Christ follower.
4. I always try to grow something new in my garden each year, this year I have pumpkins!
5. Peridot is my favorite gemstone, which also happens to be my favorite color of green.
My jewellery website melissapedersen