Linda Sorcie Smith
Linda “Sorcie” Smith has been working with beads and collecting new and old jewelry since her teenage years. It’s only since September of 1998, however, that she turned her hand to more serious jewelry making in the form of precious metal jewelry design. Her jewelry is created using semi-precious gemstones and woven, wrapped and sculpted wire..
Linda is mostly self-taught , finding inspiration from online professionals.
In 2003, she took first place in the Creative Wire Jewelry Winter Blues Swap, an international art jewelry challenge, with her original piece Blue Wails. Linda has written jewelry tutorials for Step By Step Wire Jewelry, as well as for online websites.
Linda has a varied creative background that includes theatrical roles in high school, college and community theater, as well as co-direction and stage management. Her poetic, creative and journalistic writings have been published in the Beaver County Times, Valley Tribune and college literary magazine. While attending her alma mater, Penn State, she was a page editor and feature columnist for the Penn State Beaver Herald.
Linda was also the owner and manager of Smithcraft, a graphics shop, before selling it in December 2005 to continue her jewelry full time. As the owner of that company, in 1993, she won the Marking Industry Bantamweight Dealer of the Year for outstanding sales growth; in 1998, she won the Ben Franklin award for entrepreneurship; and in 2002, her shop earned a Main Street commendation for historical facade improvement.