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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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Spotted Conical Ebony Ne...
Silver & Wood Necklace
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 320
$ 272
Ebony Earrings with Larg...
Silver & Wood Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 170
$ 144.50
Brass Inlaid Ebony with ...
Silver & Wood Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 190
$ 161.50
Silver Inlaid Ebony Cone...
Silver & Wood Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 190
$ 161.50
Silver and Ebony Lariat
Silver & Wood Necklace
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 320
$ 272
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 Ear...
Silver & Wood Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 250
$ 212.50
Silver Circle and Inlaid...
Silver & Wood Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 180
$ 153
Hammered Silver and Cora...
Silver & Stone Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 180
$ 153
Spheres, Crescents, and ...
Silver & Wood Necklace
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 280
$ 238
Butterfly Brooch
Silver & Wood Brooch
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 340
$ 289
Ebony Triangle, Silver C...
Silver & Wood Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 190
$ 161.50
Silver and Inlaid Ebony ...
Silver & Wood Necklace
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 360
$ 306
Line, Dot, and Curve Ebo...
Silver & Wood Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 190
$ 161.50
Ebony Drop and Chain Bol...
Silver & Wood Necklace
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 220
$ 187
Silver and Black Drops E...
Silver Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 130
$ 110.50
Landscape Leaf Brooch
Silver & Ebony Brooch
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 360
$ 306
Three Drop Necklace
Silver Necklace
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 240
$ 204
Silver Hoops and Triangl...
Silver Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 150
$ 127.50
Ebony Crescent Earrings
Silver & Wood Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 170
$ 144.50
Ebony and Silver Memory ...
Silver & Wood Bracelet
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 250
$ 212.50
Silver and Ebony Crescen...
Silver & Wood Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 160
$ 136
Coral Necklace with Ebon...
Wood & Stone Necklace
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 320
$ 272
Ebony Earrings with Squa...
Silver & Wood Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 190
$ 161.50
Inlaid Ebony Sphere and ...
Silver & Wood Bracelet
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 280
$ 238
Silver Dotted Drop Ebony...
Silver & Wood Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 180
$ 153
Ebony Beehive Pendant wi...
Silver & Wood Necklace
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 180
$ 153
Ebony Beehive Earrings w...
Silver & Wood Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 180
$ 153
Silver Pod and Studded E...
Silver & Wood Necklace
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 460
$ 391
Silver Drop Earrings
Silver Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 170
$ 144.50
Starburst and Ebony Drop...
Silver & Wood Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 176
$ 149.60
Two Tiered Swirl Necklac...
Silver & Wood Necklace
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 250
$ 212.50
Ebony Earrings, with Swi...
Silver & Wood Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 180
$ 153
Coral Lariat with Inlaid...
Beaded Necklace
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 250
$ 212.50
Silver and Ebony Earring...
Silver and Ebony Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 190
$ 161.50
Two-Tiered Ebony Necklac...
Silver & Wood Necklace
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 250
$ 212.50
Ebony Pendant with Silve...
Wood & Silver Necklace
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 190
$ 161.50
Ebony Earrings with Silv...
Wood & Silver Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 180
$ 153
Silver Chinkapin Leaf pi...
Mixed-Media Brooch
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 280
$ 238
Ebony Cone Necklace with...
Wood & Silver Necklace
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 270
$ 229.50
Ebony Earrings with Silv...
Wood & Silver Earrings
by Suzanne Linquist
$ 180
$ 153
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)