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Linda Stiles Smith
Metal and Polymer Clay Jewelry

Growing up near the Great Lakes, Linda has been making crafts and paintings since before receiving her BFA from Wright State University. Although fascinated with a variety of media in college, she earned a fellowship to Yale summer School of Art for her skill in painting. Being the oldest student in the group at 40 she managed to complete the session in spite of a nagging back injury upon arrival. It was a challenging yet inspirational time. Painting and printmaking was her focus for several years after graduation.

Linda then began making jewelry with husband Dale's lampwork beads until she discovered silver metal clay in 2002. Since then she’s earned multiple awards for her designs in metal clay including Best of Competition in the national 2006 Bead Art Awards from Lapidary Journal. The winning piece incorporated metal clay beads which echoed the lampwork glass beads made by her husband, Dale. Among the list of successes is winning the Presidents Choice award from the CEO of Art Clay Japan at the Art Clay World, USA conference. Regardless of the medium, her work continues to be recognized by her peers establishing Linda as a talented and creative designer.

Although Linda continues to make jewelry the lure of silver has been replaced by the colors of polymer clay and the many techniques available to apply to her work. The vitality of a mix of materials makes the results even more rewarding. The challenge of taking a material with color and crafting it into a unique piece of art that embraces the natural world is her passion. She unleashes the creative spirit in all of us.

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