Art to wear since 1973
“I was offered a job buffing in his silver shop “Beaut Sausages” on Cottesloe Beach. On day one I thought ‘I can do this!’. It was the seventies and silver jewellery was hot. People bought everything I made, often before It was finished.”
John moved on to work at “The Silver Nugget” in Subiaco, with jewellers Monty Holst, Norman Jeppe and Penny Ward. In 1977, John moved to Darwin to open his first retail premises “Fascination Jewellery”, and found himself teaching jewellery at the Darwin Community College. Some of his students went on to become successful jewellers. John also made the silver tiara for Darwin’s inaugural Miss Bougainvillea Quest.
Our intrepid metalsmith then moved to Broome (1979) after his first gem-buying mission to Sri Lanka and India. John Miller was the first jeweller to offer his services to the now billion dollar Broome pearling industry. John’s shop “Dampier’s Chest” was Broome’s first ever selection of unique hand made jewellery, featuring Broome pearls and Australian gemstones.
John returned to Perth in 1986, “to be nearer to mum” and after another year making wonderful pieces in Fremantle, opted for a small career change. After an exhaustive selection process, he was granted a place in the prestigious and demanding Theatre course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Graduating in 1989.
Back in Perth, John found himself in big demand as an actor and voice talent, and worked extensively in film, theatre, TV and radio. During this time he also set up “John Miller Design” supplying his jewellery to galleries and retail outlets around Australia and in London, Zurich, Tokyo and Portland Oregon.
In 1996, John Miller moved to Yallingup, in the Margaret River Region of south western Australia, where he built a house, and recorded an album of 14 original songs, singing and playing guitar and mandolin. “Gods and Angels” was released in 2000 to considerable critical acclaim.
But the allure of creations in precious metal was soon to prevail again… The new studio “Jewel of the Capes” opened in July 2001 and the new workshop opened in early 2015. The ‘Margaret River Gallery Collective’ opened its doors in September 2015. The business now employs ten full and part-time staff, creating bespoke one-off pieces for clientele from local to global.
The relentless pursuit of breathtaking, timeless elegance continues.