Wilmington, North Carolina

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Last updated on Feb 21, 2021

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And join me @theelkandowl on Instagram for images of what I'm working on.


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Melissa Manley

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From My Hands To Yours

Love of making. It's in my blood. I can't stop.

Like many artists, making things has been with me since childhood. I earned a BA in studio arts, mostly painting and printmaking. Then I went back to school and earned an MFA in Metal Design from ECU in 2006.

My work is flavored by my long fascination with human history and anthropology. My parents loved natural history and anthropology. They were always taking us to museums, historical sites and battlefields. I am also a member of the Miami of Oklahoma Tribe. I often use textures and images from many cultures in my work. There is such rich cultural fodder out there. In many ways I will forever be a student myself and I love reflecting my interests by etching or enameling designs onto metal.

Quality craftsmanship and intriguing design are aspects that I cultivate in my artwork. My hope is that my joy in the processes I use, translates to the recipient through the feel of the piece once it arrives in their hands. Metal is nearly always a tactile experience. Door handles, implements, jewelry, we are in skin contact with it. I want my work to feel wonderful, no matter what it is made of.
From my hands to yours.
Come find me on Instagram! @theelkanowl

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  • Melissa Manley


    Melissa Manley lives and works in southeastern NC. She holds an MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University and teaches metals & jewelry at CFCC. Melissa is the author of "Jewelry Lab: 52 Experiments, Investigations and Explorations in Metal".

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Last updated on April 30, 2022
I have been an almost compulsive maker all my life. As I child I spent hours humming and constructing things. I became a metalsmith 13 years ago. My undergraduate degree is in painting and printmaking. I am proud to have received an MFA from East Carolina University in metalsmithing. While I still enjoy collage and assemblage, my primary focus is jewelry and metalwork. I live in North Carolina with my my partner Robert Smith. To keep up with my doings check out my IG account @theelkandowl or my Patreon account The Elk and Owl

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I will approve returns within 7 days of receipt. If you must return and item please convo or email me so I know its on its way. Returned items must be free of damage or signs of wear.
I ship USPS priority mail unless otherwise specified.
I cannot be held responsible for loss, theft or damage of your package due to shipping errors. If you want like to add insurance, please let me know. “Made to order” items will take s couple of weeks as your order will be added to the queue. If you have time constraints and need your item fast, please convo me and I'll be happy to oblige you!
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Last updated on May 19, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Wholesale availability

At this point I don’t offer wholesale. I’m a one woman show and don’t produce on a large scale.

Custom and personalized orders

Custom orders are closed at this time.

Care instructions

I use sterling silver, and sometimes copper and bronze. I do not coat my metals with anti-tarnish coatings, because there are usually chemicals that contain plastics and/or can be toxic to adhere. There are no known coatings at this time that are permanent. They all wear off. As such they will wear off unevenly, and tarnish where they have rubbed off. I have learned all this from trial and error and 30 years in the jewelry industry. So I found that it’s best to just let the metal be what it is. That said these metals react with their environments just like people. As the metal breathes it can oxidize and tarnish. A soft polishing cloth usually does the trick. Some of my customers even like the more aged appearance of a little bit of tarnish

Do I offer discounts?

I do sometimes offer special discounts through my account and through my IG account. But in general my work is all completely handmade by me and I must attempt to support myself through my business. Therefore, I don’t offer random discounts. And as a trained artist it hurts my feelings for people to ask. My work is mine. It’s not ordered in bulk and shipped here in a container from another country. And I was not raised in a haggling culture.