Suzanne Linquist

Red Circle Metals

"My goal is to create abstract sculptural jewelry that is lively, visually interesting, and comfortable, work that adds a bit of happiness to life. Jewelry doesn't mean much unless it is worn, and I like to think of the person who puts on one of my pins, necklaces, or pairs of earrings as enhancing the piece, adding who they are to the piece's artistic identity."

Searching for something very black, Suzanne Linquist found ebony by accident, in a box of old piano keys. Compared to metal, ebony is lightweight, so she can make jewelry and still create what she loves: small sculpture. To enhance her forms, she inlays them with silver to catch ambient light, or combines them to create motion and changing visual relationships between elements.

Linquist's pieces begin with an ebony shape turned on a mini-lathe or silver fabricated into a hollow form. Leaves and small parts are cast by the lost wax process. Most silver additions (disc, rings, spheres) are fabricated. All silver is finished with 60 grit sandpaper so the surface catches the light from every direction. Ebony forms are patterned with silver inlay, dots or strips of wire.

She learned jewelry basics in college, then went to Gem City College, a trade school in Illinois, to learn hand engraving. Her engraving skills landed her a job in a family jewelry business, where she got valuable on-the-job training with men who had done benchwork for fifty years. Later, a workshop with Betty Helen Longhi gave her the technical skills and confidence to start her own business.

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Ebony Wave Earrings
Silver & Wood Earrings

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 220
$ 187
Ebony Earrings with Large Silver Spot
Silver & Wood Earrings

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 170
$ 144.50
Spotted Conical Ebony Necklace
Silver & Wood Necklace

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 320
$ 272
Brass Inlaid Ebony with Shield Top
Silver & Wood Earrings

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 190
$ 161.50
Rotating Cube Bracelet
Silver & Wood Bracelet

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 250
$ 212.50
Spotted Ebony Lariat
Silver & Wood Necklace

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 280
$ 238
Silver Studded Ebony Earrings
Silver & Wood Earrings

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 250
$ 212.50
Hammered Silver and Coral Earrings
Silver & Stone Earrings

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 180
$ 153
Butterfly Brooch
Silver & Wood Brooch

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 340
$ 289
Silver and Inlaid Ebony Neckalce
Silver & Wood Necklace

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 360
$ 306
Line, Dot, and Curve Ebony Earrings
Silver & Wood Earrings

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 190
$ 161.50
Ebony Drop and Chain Bolo Tie
Silver & Wood Necklace

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 220
$ 187
Silver Hoops and Triangles
Silver Earrings

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 150
$ 127.50
Three Drop Necklace
Silver Necklace

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 240
$ 204
Ebony Crescent Earrings
Silver & Wood Earrings

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 170
$ 144.50
Ebony and Silver Memory Wire Bracelet
Silver & Wood Bracelet

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 250
$ 212.50
Coral Necklace with Ebony Drops
Wood & Stone Necklace

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 320
$ 272
Starburst and Ebony Drop Earrings
Silver & Wood Earrings

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 176
$ 149.60
Silver Drop Earrings
Silver Earrings

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 170
$ 144.50
Two Tiered Swirl Necklace
Silver & Wood Necklace

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 250
$ 212.50
Silver and Ebony Earrings with Coral
Silver and Ebony Earrings

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 190
$ 161.50
Two-Tiered Ebony Necklace
Silver & Wood Necklace

by Suzanne Linquist
$ 250
$ 212.50
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
American Craft Council Show, Maryland, Baltimore , 07,08,09,10
American Craft Council Show, California, San Francisco, 08, 10
Cherry Creek Art Festival, Colorado, Denver, 2009
Art in the Pearl, Oregon, Portland, 08, 09 (juror)