About Melle

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Melissa Finelli is a Boston-based jeweler and metalsmith who creates work in her South End studio and gallery on Waltham Street. Melissa studied metalsmithing at the North Bennet Street School and sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Melissa's award-winning works are intimate sculptures to adorn the body and encompass an appreciation for organic forms and playful design. Her jewelry is forged by hand in silver or 18k gold by heating the metal, and then hammered to sculpt the piece into life. By creating jewelry in this process it is Melissa's intention that no two pieces are exactly alike. Her jewelry showcases smooth forms, playful spinning circles, or sprouting appendages in unfussy designs.


Studio Process

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There is something so satisfying about moving metal. The process of hand fabricating allows me to work spontaneously, letting one thing lead to another. I am able to manipulate my materials to create movement and space in a solid form. I love the engineering challenges in making such intimate sculptures. I am drawn to the inherent obsessiveness of creating these minute compositions, all the while seeking a balance of precision and chaos in each piece.

While forging may seem like a deliberate, slow-moving process, in the hands of a skilled artisan it is a flurry of activity, with the angle and sharpness of the blow moving metal in improbable ways - sometimes delicate, sometimes deliberate.

My process is spontaneous, I don't plan or draw out my idea.  I am always in motion in the studio, letting one thing lead to another.  Most often I don't know what the piece will become until the very last moment. The process of hand fabricating allows me to work spontaneously, Letting one thing lead to another. I am able to manipulate my materials to create movement and space in a solid form. I love the engineering challenges in making such intimate sculptures. I am drawn to the inherent obsessiveness of creating these minute compositions, all the while seeking a balance of precision and chaos in each piece.