The essential quality of my work is harmony of form. I want my jewelry to soothe. It is elegant, casual, and comfortable – like fine silk and soft blue jeans.-Nancy Linkin
Learn More About Nancy Linkin
Nancy’s passion for metalsmithing began 45 years ago, as a teenager. Early on, her exploration of the traditional smithing technique of raising holloware started with functional vessels forms. Soon she began to push the envelope both technically and visually. Leaving the functional form and rotational form behind, she used hammers and stakes to create purely sculptural pieces. These sculptures moved from the tabletop on to the body in the mid-1980's.
Over the last 30 years Nancy’s jewelry collection has grown significantly. Her signature material has been a high polished Sterling & 18K combination, but she also works in solid 18K Gold, and a heat patinated Bronze, reminiscent of the tabletop sculptures that she also continues to make.
The forms that Nancy Linkin creates are a sleek, elegant reflection of the natural beauty that inspires her work. To create each piece, flat patterns are cut from sheets of gold and silver and hammered systematically using specialized tools. Once a piece has been hammered into its final form, it is filed and sanded, then buffed to a high polish. This fine finish accentuates the simple sculptural lines of her jewelry.
Nancy Linkin majored in metalsmithing at the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She later went on to study under Heikki Seppa, receiving an M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.