Manda Wylde Designs


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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    Manda Wylde is a self-taught artist and jewelry creator working primarily in porcelain. Letting her loves of Nature, learning, and the experimentation process guide her down the exploratory path of “What if...?" she creates wearable art that is more than merely “jewelry with hypoallergenic options.” Her 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.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: 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.

    A: 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."

    A: It is great fun when for me when someone is amazed at how light-weight the pieces I create are. These are pieces that can be quite large in some instances, but the weight is still 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.

    A: I always start from the question "What if...?" This allows me to be open to explore, play, and experiment. I stand in wonder every time I open the kiln and see what the fired pieces look like. Sometimes I'm wondering how on Earth a piece turned out so differently than anticipated, but most often it's simply a deep awe for the technical and chemical processes that came together to create the final result. Experimenting and then opening the kiln are two of my favorite parts of this process. Another is seeing how close I came to the original question of "What if....?" or what I learned and how far I grew as a result of exploration after the asking. There is also delight in the sharing, and wonder in the joy of connection when something I have created touches something in someone it is being shared with.

    A: I was brought up by artisan women with a deep dedication to fine craftsmanship. My mother and grandmother were always big on working intricate details into their creations. They also gave loving special attention to refining those details into perfection: smooth joinings, rich surfaces, and that overall finished feeling of superior craftsmanship. Growing up as witness to their practices has shaped my approach to my own. In addition to this, I pull from Nature and different artistic movements – so there are ultimately lot of people who have inspired my work, but my Grams and my mother were the two closest to home.

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