Featured Artisan: Linda Weiss

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Artist's Statement

"The jewelry, images, and vessels that I create are inspired by many varied sources: earth or land formations; natural phenomena; botanical references; jewelry from ancient civilizations; favorite passages in literature; extensive early training in classical dance; and other personal experiences.

Additionally, a significant degree of motivation for my work comes from a persistent need for expression through some other means than written or verbal language. I am extremely motivated by an affinity for the material: METAL - gold; silver; bronze; platinum and pewter - its look, its feel, and its physical properties.

Manipulation of the material is also an important source of inspiration, with an active concern for the formal elements of design: line, form, volume, composition, texture, reflection, contrast and movement. Often a particular process or tool is selected because of the surface it will create - and how the marks made by that tool, or process, may guide the viewer’s eye to engage with the lines or form of the piece.

Some designs incorporate diamonds, pearls, or colored gems to complete the composition. Other pieces may include non-precious materials such as wood or stone. The choice of metal and other materials may be determined by the aesthetic intention of the piece, or by a client’s request.

It is my belief that exacting craftsmanship should complement creative expression. It is my intent that my jewelry be comfortably wearable and contribute to the wearer’s distinct individuality. With my holloware, I aspire to invite the viewer to experience the vessel from a tactile as well as visual perspective. I remain dedicated to creating aesthetically unique, enduring designs of the highest quality craftsmanship."



1976-1977: Cranbrook Academy of Art; Bloomfield Hills, MI
Degree: Master of Fine Arts 1977; Studio concentration: Metalsmithing 
1974-1975: Univerity of WA; Seattle, WA
Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts 1975; Studio concentration: Metal Design
1973-1974: Centray; Mt. Pleasant, MI
Postgraduate work: Advanced Independent Study. Studio concentrations: Drawing, Design, Color Theory and Art History
1969-1973: Central MI University; Mt. Pleasant, MI
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree 1973. Studio concentrations: Drawing & Painting; Metalsmithing. 


1996-Present: Santa Rosa Junior College; Santa Rosa, CA
Instructor: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Jewelry.
1999-Present: Santa Rosa Junior College; Instructor: Introduction to Art and Design
1999: Santa Rosa Junior College; Community Education Instructor: Health & Safety in the Metal Arts Studio
1998-2000: Santa Rosa Junior College; Community Education Instructor: Beginning and Intermediate Enameling
1981-1982: Academy of Art College; San Francisco, CA
Instructor: Jewelry Arts and Small Metal Sculpture.
1979-1980: CA College of Arts & Crafts; Oakland, CA
Instructor: Holloware and Metal Fabrication.
Extension Instructor: Designing Jewelry for Casting.
1977-1978: University of MI; Ann Arbor, MI
Visiting Artist/Professor: Jewelry and Holloware Design.  

Workshop Presentations (Partial Listing)

2000: Evergreen Valley College. San Jose, CA, Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer
Santa Rosa Gem & Mineral Society: Santa Rosa, CA, Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer
1998: AZ Artist Craftsman Guild; Tucson, AZ, Guest Lecturer: "Health & Safety Concerns in the Metal Arts Studio"
1998: Mendocino Art Center; Mendocino, CA, Workshop Instructor: "Mastering Metal - Beyond Basic Coercion"
1982: College of Marin & Northern CA Enamel Guild; Kentfield, CA, Guest Lecturer: "Health Hazards Encountered by Metalsmiths and Enamelists"
1979: CA College of Arts and Crafts; Oakland, CA, Guest Lecturer: "Design, Rendering, and Presentation Skills for the Artist Goldsmith"
Humboldt State University/Art Department; Arcata, CA, Guest Lecturer: "Angle Raising and Holloware Techniques" 
1978: Cabrillo College/Art Department; Aptos, CA, Guest Lecturer: "Health Hazards in the Arts"
Visiting Artist: Jewelry Department, Wayne State University/Art Department; Detroit, MI
"Health Hazards in the Arts" Conference with Chrysler Corporation Industrial Hygienists Coordinator: "Health Hazards Encountered in the Field of Metalsmithing"
MI State University/Art Department; East Lansing, MI.
Visiting Artist: Jewelry and Metalsmithing Department
Guest Lecturer: "Health Hazards Encountered in the Field of Metalsmithing" 

National & Regional Invitational Exhibitions (Partial Listing)

2003-05: "The Art of Gold" opens at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, CA and travels to other museums in the U.S.
2003: "The Art of Gold – Beyond the Mines" a California invitational exhibit that runs concurrently with the national invitational exhibit "The Art of Gold" at the Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA
2000: Marin County Fair. Juror and Invited Participant; Three Dimensional Art. San Rafael, CA
Art Faculty Show. Santa Rosa Junior College Art Gallery; Santa Rosa, CA
1999: Republic Bank National Silver Invitational. Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery; Louisville, KY
Knife, Fork and Spoon. Yaw Gallery, Birmingham, MI, This show opened at SOFA in NY City in April. 
1998-99: The Functional Vase Project 1998. Yaw Gallery; Birmingham, MI
This show opened at SOFA in NY City in April. The show then traveled to: Yaw Gallery; SOFA in Chicago; J. Cotter Gallery, Vail, Colorado; Thomas Mann Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana; Wustum Museum, Racine, WI
1998: New Work: Art Department Faculty Exhibit. Santa Rosa Junior College Art Gallery; Santa Rosa, CA
1992: Metals Now 1992; Downey Museum of Art; Downey, CA
1991: Recent Acquisitions for the Permanent Collection. Cranbrook Art Museum; Bloomfield Hills, MI 
1990: CA Metal Forms '90. Juror and Invited Participant; CA Crafts Museum; San Francisco, CA
1986-90: Society of North American Goldsmiths Exhibit; Mitchell Museum; Mt. Vernon, IL
1986-91: North American Pewtersmiths; Brookfield Craft Center; Brookfield, CT
1986-92: The Eating Experience: Hand Crafted Utensils for the Table; Palo Alto Cultural Center; Palo Alto, CA
Two-Person Show: Linda & John Edwards; Running Ridge Gallery; Santa Fe, NM
Three and One-Half Decades: Metalsmithing at Cranbrook; Cranbrook Art Museum; Bloomfield Hills, MI
3rd National Metals Invitational; Reese Bullen Gallery; Humboldt State University; Arcata, CA
Metal Arts of the 80's; Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art; Monterey, CA
One-Person Show: Jewelry and Holloware; Concepts; Carmel, CA
CA Jewelers and Metalsmiths; Precious Objects Gallery; Los Gatos, CA
1986-90: American Jewelry, Enamel and Holloware: A Contemporary Approach; Farmington Valley Arts Center; Avon, CT
The Art of the Silversmith; San Jose Museum of Art; San Jose, CA
National Metalsmithing Invitational; Center for Visual Arts; Anchorage, AK
17 American Goldsmiths; Precious Objects Gallery; Los Gatos, CA
CA Metals Invitational; Long Beach, CA
The National Metalsmiths Invitational; New Haven, CT
The CA Craftsman Exhibition; Monterey Peninsula Museum of Arts; Monterey, CA
1981: Metalsmith '81; University of Kansas Art Gallery; Lawrence, KS
Designer-Craftsman '81; Richmond Art Center; Richmond, CA
1980-81: Young Americans - Metal; American Crafts Museum; NY, NY
Traveling Tradition in the Making; Atlanta, GA
1980: The Western Edge: Designer and Production Crafts; Glendale, CA
1979:  Objects '79; Grand Junction, CO
Fine Forgery; Peters Valley; Layton, NJ
Pensacola National Crafts Exhibition; Pensacola, FL
The CA Craftsman Exhibition; Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art; Monterey, CA
Designer-Craftsman '78; Richmond Art Center Richmond, CA
1977: Statements in Sterling '77; Sterling Silver Design Competition; NY, NY
Copper, Brass and Bronze; University of AZ Tucson, AZ

Awards & Grants (Partial Listing)

1998: Society of North American Goldsmiths - Workshop Presentation Grant
AZ Artist Craftsman Guild; Tucson, AZ
Guest Lecturer: " Health & Safety Concerns in the Metal Arts Studio
1992: T. A. P. Plastics Award for Excellence in Craft, Marin Society of Artists; Ross, CA
1981: Soroptomist International/ Hazel Salmi Merit Award; 1981 Designer-Craftsman, Richmond Art Center; Richmond, CA
1978: Merit Award; 1978 Designer-Craftsman, Richmond Art Center; Richmond, CA
Merit Award; The CA Craftsman, Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art; Monterey, CA 

Publications (Partial Listing)

Jewelers Circular Keystone, February 1991 "Fashion Flashback: New Looks For Spring", Vol. CLXII, pg. 99.
National Jeweler, July 16, 1990, "Regional Shows Offer Fashion and Fun", Vol. 34, No. 14, pp. 44-46.
Europa Star, "Jewelry of The USA", 1986, No. 157-4.
Accent, "Meet the New Designers", August, 1986, pp. 26-27.
Jewelers Circular Keystone, January 1986, "Weiss/Edwards - High Energy Artists", Vol. CLVII, No. 1, pp. 72-73.
Practical Casting, Tim McCreight, Brynmorgan Press. 1986. EDITORIAL CONSULTANT on Health & Safety.
Metalsmith, Fall 1983, Vol. 3, No. 4, p. 51.
Goldschmiede Veitung/European Jeweler, June1983, "Amerikanische Schmuckkugstler" Article, p. 66-71.
Jewelry Making for Schools, Tradesmen, and Craftsmen, M. Bovin, Bovin Publishing, Forest Hills, NY, 1979, p. 272.
Health Hazards Encountered in the Field of Metalsmithing and Alternatives for a Safer Working Environment, a paper written and researched by Ms. Weiss and published by the Society of North American Goldsmiths in conjunction with their 1978 Annual National Conference in St. Louis, MO
Artweek, "Designer- Craftsman '78", November 18,1978. 

Organizational & Professional Affiliations

Artisan Member-Society of American Silversmiths
Society of North American Goldsmiths - Distinguished Member
American Crafts Council
Sonoma County Art Council
Metal Arts Guild, San Francisco / Bay Area, CA 

Collections (Partial Listing)

Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Congregation Shir Hadash - Los Gatos, CA
Mr. & Mrs. Terry Frost - Cornwall, England
Mr. & Mrs. Renato Ferarri- Treviso, Italy
Mark Bloome Enterprises - Los Angeles, CA & Seattle, WA
Vernal House Collection – Brentwood, CA
Tahiti Perle Centre and Museum - Papeete, Tahiti 

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