MEET THE MAKER
My name is Michelle Seviour.
I live and work in the Isle of Skye, in the Scottish Highlands. This exceptionally beautiful place has been my home since 1990.
My island home
My cottage overlooks Loch Harport, with the Cuillins in the distance. Living here, I am literally surrounded by inspiration from the shapes and patterns in the natural landscape and fauna.
Drawing on the past and present
A creative idea might start with a glance out of the window at the changing colours in the loch.
Passion for Art
I am also influenced by my Art Historical background and my love of the Pre-Raphaelite painters. Sometime back in the Dark Ages, I studied Art History at Leeds University and enjoyed a career in museums and art galleries.
My designs might reference a memory of the stained glass colours and mediaeval costumes in Pre-Raphaelite paintings.
Gems to buttons:
Gemstones and Fossils
My love of gemstones and fossils probably dates back to studying geology at school!
I use a variety of ethically sourced genuine gemstones and fossils in my work. Who can resist the unique colours and textures created by mother-nature?
Thanks to Grandma
I am passionate about vintage buttons and family history.
I often up-cycle vintage buttons and belt buckles from my grandmother’s button box. I love that each of these pieces has a sense of the past.
Since 2007 I have been working with silver clay. I completed a couple of workshops and have been totally hooked on this exciting medium ever since! I love exploring the infinite possibilities of texturing, shaping, moulding the clay and marvel that it turns into sterling silver when its fired!
Each of my handcrafted silver pieces are hallmarked at Edinburgh Assay Office.
Some time later:
COWARD TO CLIP ONS
On Being a Coward...
I have always been creative, but I discovered jewellery-making because I was too much of a coward to get my ears pierced and it was really difficult back then to get decent clip-on ear-rings! So I decided to make my own.
Some time later...
Nearly 25 years after making that first set of ear-rings , Indigo Berry was launched.
And yes I did eventually pluck up the courage to get my ears pierced!