I'm Marja (rhymes with aria), the designer and maker behind MGG Studio. Once upon a time I was convinced I was going to become an academic, but the siren song of the jewelry studio was just too strong. After dabbling in jewelry (and just about every other medium) when I was younger, I picked it back up while I was pursuing my Ph.D. as a way of avoiding working on my dissertation. Once I got my hands on a torch the rest was history: after I finished my doctoral degree I found I couldn't stay away, and now I spend my hours in the jewelry studio rather than the lab.I draw my inspiration from sources as diverse as modernist sculpture and the curves of the female form. As a metalsmith, it's important to me to pair these bold, sculptural designs with everyday ease, so I craft each of my modern, minimal pieces to feel as good as it looks. All of my jewelry is handmade by me and my assistants in my small studio. I'm proud to support other American small businesses and craftspeople by working in partnership with independent casting houses and my local stonesetters. I also believe that good design should go hand in hand with sustainability, so I make efforts to use reclaimed and fair-mined metals well as ethically-sourced diamonds in my handmade jewelry.
When I'm not wielding a torch or knee deep in carving wax, you'll find me hiking with my family, accumulating even more houseplants, and dancing at my local hip hop studio.