Meredith Middleton Burns is a Chattanooga native. She has roots in the Hixson suburbs and the New Salem community of rural Lookout Mountain. The contrasts of her early life environments add an important theme to her creative process resulting in work that is both rustic and organic while refined and elegant. During a crossroads in her life in 2010, Meredith began to cultivate her internal drive to create. She was drawn to a medium that challenged, fascinated, and produced a certain level of comfort, fear, and respect in her – that medium being metal…specifically sterling silver.
Meredith has taken several courses in metal and sterling silver fabrication at the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has studied privately under professional jeweler and metalsmith Molly Sharp Voorhees of Zirconia, NC. and has also attended the New Approach School for Jewelers in Franklin, TN. While she periodically teaches on her own and assists in basic sterling silver fabrication classes at John C. Campbell Folk School, she is also still pursuing her own continuing education in precious metals.