I have always loved jewelry and gemstones. They speak to me in ways that other beautiful things never have. I used to purchase beads and focal stones without a clue as what to do with them, just because they were beautiful and wanted me to take them home. Several years ago, after a couple of beginner jewelry-making classes, I was driven to teach myself more, always led by the stones.
When I discovered wire weaving, I knew I had found my passion. The precision of the weaves, combined with the flow of the lines of the wire, serve to hold the stones securely while emphasizing their natural beauty. While I often start with an outline of an idea, I let my intuition lead and the stones tell me how to proceed. My pieces appeal to people who are attracted to the unique, who use jewelry to express themselves, and who themselves are attracted to gems and their metaphysical properties.
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 fine metal wire. Linda is mostly self-taught , finding inspiration from online professionals. Linda has written jewelry tutorials for Step By Step Wire Jewelry, as well as for online websites. 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 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.