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Julie Jerman-Melka and Jeffrey Melka

Finding endless inspiration along the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to create what you see below and on the following pages


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Mini Waterfall Necklace

   Hand forged sterling silver, basalt beach pebbles, white and blue topaz, peridot, citrine, rubber cord.  Adjustable from 16" to 18"


Earrings, necklace and ring by Larry Sanders Photography

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     We are a wife and husband team located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in a very small community in the Keweenaw Peninsula, very remote and beautiful, and inspirational for the work you see on these pages.

     Julie has been a metalsmith and jewelry designer for her entire career.  Many years were spent in Colorado, where the metalsmithing skills were honed and fine tuned, and where Julie also earned her M.F.A.in metalsmithing and jewelry design at Colorado State University.  This allowed her to teach her love of the medium on a college level which she did for many years, while slowly building her own business: Flying Anvil Designs.

     I was always the back of the house assistant, and in 2007 joined as a full time business partner, which was an easy transition as we've been life partners for approximately 35 years now.   

     Julie is and will always be the main design force for all of the pieces in the collection, which we call the Gentle Current Series, because it utilizes basalt beach stones that we collect on our almost daily walks along the shores of Lake Superior.  All the meticulous metalwork, stone setting and finishing work are done by her.

     My focus on the business is drilling and coring the stones, and mostly doing what I refer to as "the necessary evil", all back of the house business tasks that are part of running any business.  Thank goodness for that often under utilized accounting degree.

     We relocated back to the Upper Peninsula eight years ago and feel very fortunate to live in the area where we were both born and raised.  Each day and season brings its own unique inspiration and outdoor recreation that we love:  Paddleboarding and sculling in the summer, hiking in the incredible fall colors, cross country skiing in our famously long winters, and looking forward to spring and the cycle starting over, all the while creating new pieces for the line.

                             Julie and Jeffrey


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Shows and Galleries

Normally, this is where you would see an extensive list of outdoor shows that we would be exhibiting and selling at, but not since March of this year.  Hopefully, 2021 will see some sort of return to normalcy.  We have several shows that have rolled over our acceptance to 2021and will be posted as time goes on and we learn the new rules for large gatherings in each location.  In addition to our website and at shows, we always have work in the galleries listed below.



146 North Mail Street

Sebastopol, CA  95472




Brenda McMahon Gallery        

2901 Beach Blvd South #104

Gulfport, FL  33707




London Ventures Company

2 Dock Square

Rockport, MA  01966



Gallery on 5th                         

109 5th Street

Calumet, MI  49913                               


Joe Graci Gallery                     

555 East Michigan Street

Marquette, MI  49855            



Bell Street Gallery                     

807 Bell Street/Box 164

LaPointe, WI  54850 



located on Madeline Island in the Apostle Islands





You can contact us by any method you see here.  We do our best to respond within 1-2 days.


970-410-3904   cell

906-934-2372   yes, we still have a land line

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We only use our list to send notifications of where we will be doing shows, assuming we will again in the near future, and never more than 4 times each year.  There will always be an unsubscribe button on each mailing.  Thanks, and we hope to see you at a show soon.

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