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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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Shoreline Sonata

   Hand forged sterling silver, basalt beach pebbles, white topaz and freshwater pearls.  Adjustable from 16" to 18".

 
 

Earrings, necklace and ring by Larry Sanders Photography

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ABOUT US

     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

 

 

2022 Show Schedule

     Current as of April 28, 2022.

     Will be updated as jury results come in, and of course if Covid forces

     any changes.

March 5-6

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts

Julian B Lane Riverfront Park

Tampa, Florida

Booth # 926

Link to Show

March 18-20

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

Winter Park, Florida

Booth # 170

Link to Show

April 7-10

Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival

Fort Worth, Texas

Booth # 530

Link to Show

May 6-8

Artisphere

Greenville, South Carolina

Booth # 9

Link to Show

May 13-15

Art on the Square

Belleville, IL

Booth # assigned at check in

Link to Show

June 10-12

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus, Ohio

Booth # TBA

Link to Show

July 9-10

Art Fair on the Square

Madison, Wisconsin

Booth # TBA

Link to Show

September 2-4

Long's Park Art Festival

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Booth # TBA

Link to Show

 

    

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

California:          

Artisana                                  

146 North Mail Street

Sebastopol, CA  95472

707-829-3036 

artisanafunctionalart.com

Colorado

Balefire Goods

7513 Grandview Avenue

Arvada, CO  80002

720-479-8434

balefiregoods.com

Florida:               

Brenda McMahon Gallery        

2901 Beach Blvd South #104

Gulfport, FL  33707

518-692-7742            

BrendaMcMahonGallery.com

Massachusetts:

London Ventures Company

2 Dock Square

Rockport, MA  01966

978-546-7161

Michigan:        

Joe Graci Gallery                     

555 East Michigan Street

Marquette, MI  49855            

gracigallery.com

Wisconsin:

Bell Street Gallery

807 Bell Street

La Pointe, WI  54850

(on Madeline Island in the beautiful Apostle Islands)

715-747-2092

bellstgallery.com

Cappaert Contemporary Gallery

7901 State Highway 42

Egg Harbor, WI  54209

920-868-3987

(Open May 1-October 31)

cappaertcontemporary.com

           

      

Galleries

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CONTACT

You can contact us through the form on the left, or the phone numbers below. We do our best to respond within 1-2 days.  Thank you.

970-310-4904   cell

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

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