Nina Scala

"I find joy in the contrast of color against stark, bold lines. While at heart a minimalist, I am inspired by stained glass masterpieces and seek to present intriguing and utterly wearable art jewelry. "

As a former professional engineer and Navy veteran, Nina Scala has a passion for designing and building that was influenced by her years in and around the maritime environment. Her bold, geometric elements are often punctuated with colorful glass cabochons in wide prong settings, reminiscent of coastal riprap stones held in the claws of a grapple.

Each piece of jewelry in Scala's RipRap collection features fabricated sterling silver design elements with handmade glass cabochons. The glass is cut from sheets, then melted and annealed in a kiln. The cabochons may then be tumbled with sand for a frosty finish. Her Tangents collection includes unadorned geometric shapes made of fabricated and cast sterling silver elements.

Scala studied a range of techniques at the Maryland Institute College of Art and in workshops around the country, including the Revere Academy, Mendocino Art Center, Kate Wolf Designs, and the Baltimore Jewelry Center. In 2008, she and her partner started a jewelry and stained glass business. Over time, she began experimenting with stained glass scraps and developed a process to create the gems that now embellish her work.

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Selected Exhibitions & Awards
American Craft Council Retail and Wholesale Show, MD, Baltimore, 2018, 2019
Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair, PA, Philadelphia, 2018, 2019
Craft Boston Holiday Show, MA, Boston, 2018
Neptune Festival Art and Craft Show, Award of Merit, VA, Virginia Beach, 2017
Art Providence Craft Show, RI, Providence, 2018