Gallery Views of The Jewelry of John Paul Miller

June 16, 2010-January 2, 2011
East Wing, Gallery 224

At once an artist, teacher, and craftsman, John Paul Miller (American, born 1918) personifies a lifetime of creative expression. His two greatest passions, music and art, seemingly converge in work that moves from poetic forms to intensely intricate compositions. While studying at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Miller switched, almost by accident, from traditional painting and drawing to jewelry through the influence of his friend and mentor, Cleveland silversmith Fred Miller. His earliest creations are lyrically simple, biomorphic forms characteristic of the modern era.

John Paul Miller's fascination with technique and process emerged in his groundbreaking rediscovery in the early 1950s of granulation, an ancient, yet forgotten, way of fusing tiny gold beads to a gold surface without solder. The fleeting creatures of earth, sea, and sky-snails, squids, crabs, moths, and flies-became his muses, inspiring a complicated palette of seductive enamels and textured forms. Historical reference and modern abstraction also infuse his designs, bringing together that which he saw and that which he imagined to form a body of work full of curiosity and self-expression.


Organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this exhibition with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.