I am artisan Gail Miller. I live and work on Chebeague Island, Maine in the USA!
I first started working with metal at Heritage Lanterns in Yarmouth, Maine back in 1978. Having always been into arts and crafts and running a photography business, I was looking for something different for my creative nature. Their lanterns are made one at a time and are each a work of art. At lunch time I started using scraps of metal and my soldering iron and torch to make barrettes for my friends and relatives. Then I decided that I should try selling them.... now it's 2014 and I've been running Miller Designs full time for 22 years.
Here at Miller Designs, I create unique and affordable jewelry, ornaments, napkin rings and other treasures. We use Copper, Brass and Nickel - non-precious metals to keep the cost of the product low. I also sell at retail craft shows and am amazed at my customers who wear gold and silver, but want my product too! They recognize the value, and can afford to buy for themselves and for gifts.
I also have nearly 40 stores and co-ops which sell my product. L.L. Bean sold my ornaments in their Freeport, Maine store when I first got started and it gave my business instant credibility.
In the past few winters, my lobsterman husband and driver, David and I have enjoyed visiting friends on the east coast and participating in craft shows from Maine to Florida and Texas. Everywhere I've been so far, my product sells very well. I hope you'll give Miller Designs a try!
Looking for a unique gift idea with a little New England charm? Look no further than Miller Designs â makers of one-of-a-kind, metal treasures. Their gorgeous metal jewelry and accessories are hand-crafted off the coast of Maine on Chebeague Island. (Pronounced "Sha-big")
Artisan Gail Barker Miller has been skillfully crafting beautiful metal ornaments since 1990. Using only the best quality copper, bronze and nickle, Gail bends, cuts and shapes her designs in many unique and fun ways â all inspired by Maine's rich culture.
The natural look and feel of the metal lends itself well to the unique styles available at Miller Designs. For example, for their Holly With Berries barrette uses embossed brass for leaves and little copper disks for the berries. The result is a gorgeous display of handcrafted art. Their 'red' patina copper is absolutely stunning. One of my personal favorites of their designs is the lobster barrette in red copper. It looks almost real! Plus it just screams MAINE! No New Englander should be without one!
Miller Designs accessories make great editions to any nautical themed home decor. Their unique metal napkin holders are essential to any sea-themed dining room or restaurant. Choose a set of lobster or starfish rings, or mix and match from their many styles!
With a great selection of metal barrettes, pins, earrings, bracelets, ornaments, napkin rings and many other treasures there is sure to be something special for any hard-to-buy-for friend. The wide selection of colors and patinas they are sure to fit any style!