Local artist and metalsmith John Miller has been crafting gold and silver jewellery by hand using traditional techniques for 50 years. He has amassed a large and loyal following for his distinctive designs and has had a colourful career.
Intricately carved and stamped scenes on cuffs, pendants, earrings, and rings celebrate wildlife, nature, and landscapes that tell stories from John’s colourful life. He built his Yallingup home and workshop 25 years ago, and today John Miller Design employs 17 staff across its Yallingup and Margaret River workshops and showrooms.
John teaches his jewellers traditional techniques no longer provided at educational institutions and as far as he knows, he’s the only Australian jeweller to handmake jewellery from start to finish in one location – design, forging, tool making, hammering, casting, stamping, engraving, and finishing. A special 50th anniversary hallmark is stamped on his jewellery produced in 2023 to mark the occasion and a 50th anniversary limited edition collection is also in the making.
We had the pleasure of speaking to him about his creativity and inspiration, local galleries and the arts, and favourite times of the year.