Miller new silver instructor for Tryon Arts and Crafts School

Published 11:56 am Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Left: Silver piece by Danielle Miller. Right: Danielle Miller will teach beginning and intermediate silversmithing at Tryon Arts and Crafts School. (photos submitted by Julia McIntyre)

Tryon Arts and Crafts School has announced Danielle Miller as the new silver instructor.
Miller grew up in a steel mill town in the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania and said her upbringing in beautiful rolling hills juxtaposed by bridges, railroads and industry greatly influences her design sensibility. Her work is geometric; often featuring mechanical and natural influences stripped down to their core shapes.
At 18, Miller moved to Philadelphia to attend Moore College of Art and Design, intending to concentrate her studies in sculpture but becoming entranced by jewelry making. She transferred to Tyler School of Art/Temple University for its renowned jewelry/metals department, from which she received a bachelor’s degree in fine art.
After college Miller perfected her skills working under a master goldsmith. During this period she worked on her own designs at night and on weekends. In 1995, she participated in her first craft show and by 1998 was able to start her own business as a full time jewelry artist. Today, her jewelry designs can be seen in galleries throughout the country.
Miller, her husband, Ben Gilliam, and their two sons live and create in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina. Ben, also a metal artist, teaches at the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
Miller will teach beginning to intermediate silversmithing at Tryon Arts and Crafts School on Wednesday afternoons from 2-5 p.m. and Wednesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. The classes run for 6 weeks, starting Sept. 12 and ending Oct. 17.
Advance registration for all classes is required. For more information about the instructor or workshop, including tuition and supply costs, contact Tryon Arts & Crafts School at 828-859-8323 or More details and examples of projects are available at
Tryon Arts and Crafts School is a nonprofit crafts organization located at 373 Harmon Field Road in Tryon.
– article submitted by Julia McIntyre

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