Melissa Guglielmo is a jeweler living in Philadelphia and developing new work in her studio. She received her BFA in Crafts from the University of the Arts.

Artist Statement

It is comforting to zoom in on the details, on the essential parts that compose the whole. This micro view allows us to focus on our essential commonalities—we each begin as a seed and in this way, we are all connected. In contrast, the macro view provokes terror, as its expansiveness reveals our comparative insignificance. My work challenges the tension between these two viewpoints. Details of nature, such as seeds or the intricacy of wood grain, are central themes in my work. By magnifying these organic details, I am highlighting the essentiality of our connectedness, as well as its fragility. 


2011 BFA in Crafts, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA


Rear Admiral & Mrs. Jack Bowling Award in Metalsmithing, 2011
Mary Louise Beitzel Award for Student Excellence Nominee, 2011
Presidential Award Nominee, University of the Arts, 2011
Lorraine and Benjamin Alexander Award Nominee, 2010
Crafts Department Award for Study at Penland School of Crafts, 2010
Winifred Finkelstein Cantor Memorial Scholarship, 2010
Windgate Charitable Foundation Scholarship, 2009 - 2011
Presidential Scholarship Recipient, University of the Arts, 2007 - 2011
Dean’s List, University of the Arts, 2007 – 2011


Nature in Craft Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, 2013
35th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Selected Alumni Booth, 2011
Art Unleashed Benefit Sale, Dorrance Hamilton Hall, University of the Arts, 2010, 2011
The Student Annual, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, 2010, 2011
Crafts Banquet, Dorrance Hamilton Hall, University of the Arts, 2008