Nancy Linkin Biography
"The essential quality of my work is harmony of form. I want my jewelry to soothe -- to be elegant, casual, and comfortable -– like fine silk and soft blue jeans."
Jewelry artist Nancy Linkin's passion for metalsmithing began over 40 years ago when she was captivated by the age old process of forming metal directly with hammers. Her exploration of the traditional smithing techniques, raising holloware and forging, started with traditional vessels forms. Soon she began to push the envelope both technically and visually, leaving the rotation form and functional form behind. Asymmetrical table top sculptures and wall pieces were a natural progression for her nature based aesthetic.
Sculptural art jewelry, taking the sculpture off the pedestal and putting it on the body, was the next step. Nancy’s success with one-of-a kind sculptural bracelets in the mid 1980’s encouraged her to add earrings, neckpieces, and pins to her collection. Over the last 25 years the line grew to over 80 jewelry designs, each made in a variety of sizes, available in a combination of Sterling Silver and 18K Gold and solid 18K Gold. More recently Nancy made her unique jewelry available in bronze with a rich heat patina, reminiscent of her bronze sculptures.
To create her fine handmade jewelry, flat patterns are cut from sheets of gold and silver and hammered systematically over 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 modern jewelry.
Nancy’s studio is in coastal Maine, surrounded by a lovely perennial garden and lush Maine woods, rich in the natural forms that have inspired the fluid grace found in her work. Her tabletop sculptures and contemporary art jewelry continues to be inspired by the natural beauty around her.