Manda Wylde Designs



Manda Wylde Designs

About The Artist

Kansas City, KS
Jewelry - Non-Metal

I am a self-taught artist and jewelry creator working primarily in porcelain. Letting my loves of Nature, learning, and the experimentation process guide me down the exploratory path of “What if...?" I create wearable art that is more than merely “jewelry with hypoallergenic options.” My pieces are elegant and have a look that transcends time by pulling influences from Mother Nature, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco while having a minimalist and modern feel.



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Tell us how your work is made.

My work starts with a 25lb block of porcelain and a question: "What if?" It is slow fashion. I create each piece by hand, rolling, cutting, creating texture, bending and inserting the attachment wires, glazing/applying precious metal lustres. Each piece is fired at least once, but many can go through the kiln 3 or more times depending on surface treatments. I glaze to evoke a feeling, a remembered texture, or sense of awe that came from an interaction with Nature or historic art styles.


What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I start with what is essentially mud - the bare basics of dirt and water - and through what feels like magic or alchemy(with a lot of focused effort, experimentation, and sometimes tears) transform that into gem-like pieces of art that reflect the beauty of the elements they came from and the inspirations that called forth their making. I’m constantly exploring, learning, and working "magic."

What is something unique about you or your practice?

It is great fun when for me when someone is amazed at how light-weight the pieces are. These pieces can be quite large in some instances, but the weight is lighter than anticipated, which helps them be more comfortable for all-day wear. People are also often surprised to learn the pieces are not cut stone but instead the same porcelain as their favorite tea cup. I work around an illness, and am often working around tremors. From sculpting to miniature paintings on the jewelry surfaces: all is done around my illness, and most people never would guess.


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