Carrie Rengers

Wichita artist’s jewelry gets national exposure

"A perfect world for your neck"

Becky Foster Miller describes how she makes her floral jewelry, which is now featured in a national catalog. (Carrie Rengers/The Wichita Eagle)
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Becky Foster Miller describes how she makes her floral jewelry, which is now featured in a national catalog. (Carrie Rengers/The Wichita Eagle)

When sculptor Becky Miller entered a contest through Fire Mountain Gems and Beads last year, she was hoping to win an award.

She did that – Miller learned she took bronze for her polymer clay work around Christmas – but what followed is much bigger.

Miller captured the notice of Uno Alla Volta, a company that features one-of-a-kind jewelry in its catalogs and online.

“They came to me, which is amazing,” she says.

Miller, who owns Delano Bed and Breakfast with her husband, was previously unfamiliar with the company. When she received an e-mail from Uno Alla Volta, she thought it looked like spam.

“In fact, it was one of those e-mails that I could have easily trashed.”

Instead, she read it and learned the company wanted to include some of her jewelry in its next catalog.

Typically Miller sells her work at juried art shows. She sculpts flowers out of clay and then creates jewelry out of the flowers.

The catalog is out now.

“They’re already placed a second order,” Miller says.

The company has asked her to create a shamrock to be featured on the cover of a winter catalog and then some more flowers for the spring.

“The fact that they found me, they contacted me, they’re pleased with my work … it’s very exciting for any artist to get that kind of exposure.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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