Miller Opie

My work explores and exorcises my

life-altering experiences that began in 2009 when I learned that I had several benign tumors that were destroying my jawbone. Over three years of surgeries and procedures inspire me to intimately explore beauty, decay and fragility.

I have had a life long passion and obsession for collecting bones, shells and other natural objects. Working with found organic materials allows me the thrill of the hunt, the experience of discovery and the joy of combining and manipulating shapes. My desire is to create something better, something more compelling, by repairing a broken cow femur, re-imagining part of an alligator’s vertebrae or combining moose ribs and feathers. Inspired by the new metal plate in my jaw, I add brass screws, metal chain or silk thread to these discarded, decaying animal parts to give them a new life. These objects investigate how beauty is defined through mortality and rejuvenation.

 

Miller lives with her husband David who is an author/illustrator and their pup Amelia, in Southern Connecticut.

Education 

1990

Rhode Island School of Design

BFA Jewelry and Light Metals

Penland School of Craft

Enameling

1989

Selected Press

2020

Boston Globe, Grace Griffin, Boston

'It became part of my identity.’ After surgery, this Massachusetts artist finds new life in old bones

Emerson College Narrative Journalism Class Project, Jennifer Scully, Boston

The Journey of a Bone Hunter's Intrinsic Art


  

Jurried Memberships and Affiliations

2019

2020

Selected Exhibitions and Juried Trade Shows

2020

2019

2013

1997

1996

Celebration, CelebrateWomxn845, Poughkeepsie, NY

Out of Place, Fountain Street Gallery, Boston, MA
Small Works Art Show, Axel Interiors, South Norwalk, CT       

Monochrome, Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Fear III: Visiting Death, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY

My Pet’s Therapist, Tutu Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Animals, Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Crashing the Party, Sculptors Guild, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY

Ruin, Royal Society of American Art, Brooklyn, NY

Under the Magnifying Glass, Gallery Cubed, Brooklyn, NY

Fine Arts Building, Second Fridays Open Studios, Chicago, IL

Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC

Hand Workshop Craft Show, Richmond, VA

American Craft Council, Craft Market Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

Resurgam Gallery’s Fourth Annual National Open, Baltimore, MD

Hand Workshop Craft Show, Richmond, VA

Corporate Experience

2017–2018

Social Media Creative Director, Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc, Danbury, CT

2015–2017

Senior Director, Merchandising/Product Development, Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc, Danbury, CT

2013–2015

Senior Director, Merchandising, Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc, Danbury, CT

2007–2013

Product Development and Design Director, Sears Holdings Corporation, Chicago, IL

2006–2008

Founder, Owner and Creative Director, 3HD•Design, Chicago, IL

2004–2006

Product Development and Design Director, Sears Holdings Corporation, Chicago, IL

2003–2004

Head Design Manager, Decorative Accessories, Pottery Barn Kids, San Francisco, CA

2002–2003

Senior Product Development Manager, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, New York, NY

2000–2002

Senior Style Editor, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, New York, NY

1999–2000

Associate Style Editor, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, New York, NY

1998–1999

Freelance Product Developer and Stylist, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, New York, NY

1990–1998

Founder, Owner and Creative Director, Miller Opie Jewelry, Providence, RI

Publications and Media

2014

Modern Masters Collection Ethan Allen Product Video

 

Meet The Designers, Kmart Design Video

      

Respond 2 Productions, XYRON Storymercial, Portland, OR

Martha Stewart Living Television, Appeared with Martha Stewart in craft segment, Westport, CT

Martha Stewart Living Television, Appeared with Martha in craft segment, Westport, CT

Martha Stewart Living Television, Solo appearance in segment, New York, NY

ACCENT MAGAZINE Jewelry shown on cover

ACCENT MAGAZINE Jewelry profiled in articles

THE LEADER photographed selling work at Charlotte, NC ACC show

ORNAMENT MAGAZINE interview

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH interview

2008

2002

2001

1996

1995

1994

Awards

1997

Niche Award Finalist, Philadelphia, PA

1996

Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America, S.A.V.E Design Competition, Providence, RI

1993

Niche Award Finalist, Philadelphia, PA

Contact Me

201-951-5458

Miller
Opie

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