Born and raised in Boston, MA, Melanie Guerra began designing jewelry in 1991, as a student at Emerson College. She began creating gifts for friends, eventually selling to friends and interested strangers, quite a few of whom purchased a piece from around Melanie’s neck!
In September of 2001, requests for her pieces became so frequent she formed Dream Big Arts, and began selling her collection of original, one-of-a-kind pieces in shops, galleries, and online. She also did a number of festivals and tremendously successful trunk shows in both private homes and retail stores.
Melanie spent the better part of fifteen years living in the West – Montana, Arizona and Colorado, and found the atmosphere of optimism and the beauty of her surroundings inspiring. She experimented with many aspects of jewelry design and technique, and today she focuses primarily on metal, beadwork and wire work. She has returned to the Boston area with her husband and daughter and is thrilled to be an artist-member of the Dedham Square Artist Guild.
Melanie has taught design and technique classes in Boston and Steamboat Springs. She Co-founded of the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat, and served as Director of Marketing. She was an active member of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, the Colorado Women's Caucus for Art, the PMC Guild and is a Level II Certified Precious Metal Clay Artisan. She has studied Precious Metal Clay techniques with Colin Buckley and Peggy Houchin. She has also studied raku pottery with Gayla Lemke.
Melanie attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Connoisseurship program, where she earned a certificate in Appraisal Studies, focusing on Fine Art & Antiques. She has also earned the designation of Accredited Jewelry Professional from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Carlsbad, CA. Her plans include continuing course work there in order to obtain her Graduate Gemologist designation, and one day set up shop as an appraiser of jewelry & antiques.
Melanie will be teaching a precious metal clay class at the Dedham Community House in January Info Here