Linda Sorcie Smith*
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.
Originally self taught in her jewelry, Linda has found inspiration from many online jewelry professionals such as Preston Reuther and Eni Oken, and has more recently studied from nationally known artists such as Connie Fox, Dale "Cougar" Armstrong, Arlene Hildebrand, Jack Berry and Robbie "Metallique" Ward, as well as Arlene Fisch, author of "Textile Techniques in Metal.”
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 is a juried and charter member of the International Guild of Wire Jewelry Artists since 2005 and was accepted in 2006 as an artist member of the Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh. She has written jewelry tutorials for Step By Step Wire Jewelry, June 2005 issue and Dec. 2005 online tutorial as well as for Reuther's online website.