Ophelia Mills

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  • English designer/maker, Ophelia Mills, creates beautifully bespoke jewellery collections using British china and Porcelain. Ophelia grinds the china and porcelain by hand and set them in solid sterling silver.

    Ophelia is passionate about transforming discarded china into beautiful pieces of jewellery. She takes inspiration from the Japanese art of Kintsugi. This is the belief that when something has suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.

    My vision is to show that each piece of china becomes more beautiful and unique because it has a story to tell. It also provides an intriguing glimpse into a forgotten past.

    Ophelia uses some of the most iconic British china from the last 100 years, including iconic Blue Willow china. You will also find the delicate pink roses of Royal Albert through to the kitsch patterns of the 1960s and 70s.

    The story behind the Moon and Star Flower Collection

    This collection has been created with china by ceramics designer Jessie Tait. Jessie Tait was born in 1928 in Stoke on Trent and created some of the most innovative ceramic designs of the 1950s. Chief designer for Midwinter Pottery, Jessie’s work ranks alongside other significant 20th century designers. These designers include Clarice Cliff, Charlotte Rhead and Susie Cooper. Jessie’s work is now sought after and represented in collections including those at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I love that I have incorporated china from such a design talent. I have also and given discarded fragments of her work a whole new lease of life.

    Ophelia’s collection is available from her online shop. All Ophelia’s designs arrive individually boxed and bowed with ribbon ready for gift giving. If you would like us to include a gift note or blank gift tag please let us know by emailing us at design@opheliamills.co.uk

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