Stitch Prism, out of Philadelphia, creates ceramics, jewelry, and aeriums with a magical and mystical feel. Artist KellyAnne Mifflin describes her jewelry as made “with intention and hope to make the wearer feel protected, comfortable, and sparkly.” Her aeriums or hanging air plant gardens are each a miniature world beneath the glass. We are excited to have her at Lackawanna Arts Fest for the first time this August 4th and pick up one of her beautiful creations.
How did how you started Stitch Prism.
StitchPrism first began in 2009 when I was teaching a kids jewelry-making class at a nearby art center. I didn’t know how to make jewelry so I had to teach myself new techniques each week before I gave my lessons. After a few months, I got really into it and started making my own work and selling at flea markets and small events. It has evolved a lot since then! I’ve always been very connected with plants and so it was a natural progression to incorporate the air plant Aeriums into my collection. Ceramics is a more recent addition (although I’ve been doing it for five years now!) and the direction I most want to head with my work. I actually started doing ceramics as a way to have a creative outlet not related to business, but pretty fast I fell in love and now that’s a huge part of what I make.
What type of items do you make? Tell us a little about your process and inspirations.
I make ceramic planters, air plant aeriums, and clay jewelry. Glazing is my favorite part of the process. I get really relaxed when I’m painting and love the fun colors and textures you can get with glaze. I’m very inspired by nature and plants and you can see that reflected in most of my work.
We love your jewelry and how you talk about the protective and healing properties of crystals. Can you tell us a little more about how you choose materials and the intent behind them.
I feel very connected to stones and their healing qualities. For a long time that meant that I liked making work out of crystals and sharing that magic with everyone. Lately, it means that I actually have been working less with stones. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a few stones, but as a business who was buying stones in such large quantities, I just felt like I could hear the stones saying “please! put us back in the earth!” and I wanted to respect that. I actually haven’t bought crystals in over two years. I’m still making jewelry with the last of my stones, but am transitioning to make most pieces out of clay.
If I make more work with stones in the future, I would like them to only be stones that I source locally or find myself. I’m in a process of moving all of my materials to be either made by me or locally collected, which feels great. Crystals are wonderful and magical, but if you really start listening to them, they miss being home, in the ground. Gem essences (potions) are a great way to access the magic of stones, but not actually have to have the physical item in your possession.
What else will you be featuring at Lackawanna Arts Fest?
The work that I’m most excited about bringing to the fest are my new ceramic pieces. I have many sizes, shapes, and glaze patterns of hanging air plant holders. There are pocket shaped planters you can hang from a wall as well as little saucers and cups to hang in a window. I’ve also been making ceramic jewelry out of plant imprints which I’m very excited to debut this summer. They look sort of like plant fossils. Oh and ceramic studs are new this summer too! And of course, I’ll have the glass orbs filled with moss, lichen, fried flowers, and air plants, called Aeriums (like a terrarium but without the dirt).
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