Meet the SBS Team


Michaela Zelie holds a BFA in creative writing from the University of Maine at Farmington, and an MFA in Poetry from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She began working for SBS in 2019 as a metalsmith, and after a brief hiatus, during which she earned her MFA, and took several metalsmithing classes, she has returned to lend a helping hand writing product descriptions and managing the website. 

Michaela was born and raised in Maine, and loves that SBS jewelry has allowed her to take some of the Pine Tree State with her while she has pursued her craft. When she isn’t working she can be found musing over a poem, a piece of prose, or a canvas. If you can’t find her, she’s probably gallivanting through the woods searching for magic.


Christi Mitman loves to be a part of creativity in action. As a teacher, she is happiest when working with a team of kids or adults who are dedicated to learning and growing. Silver Beehive Studio is offering her an opportunity to do this in a new realm. Christi’s favorite question is ‘What if…?’ 

When not busy with Silver Beehive Studio and teaching, she loves to read, hike and swim. She owns every mystery that Agatha Christie ever wrote. Young adult books and mysteries are favorites! Sitting on a mountaintop always fills her with a sense of wonder and appreciation for where she lives, here in the western mountains of Maine.


Stephan Mitman is most happy when he is in the studio creating, on the trail hiking, traveling with the family or eating great food! Mitman has been making jewelry for over 30 years in many different mediums.  From 2016-2019 he worked in self-imposed studio isolation creating, experimenting, elaborating and developing new silver ring forms and collections.  

In 2019 Mitman created the Silver Beehive Studio, an online retail silver jewelry production company.  'Mit' is “Super excited” to work with the awesome team of Christi, Michaela, Alana and others to begin sharing innovative silver ring designs that help men and women all over the globe “Intensify your personality and make your fashion statement”