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Linda MacNeil

“I maintain a collection of glass which comes from numerous sources. The variety ­­­of colors and forms in which I find suggest possibilities to me for its use. I cut and shape the glass with machinery and finish the surfaces by hand polishing or acid polishing. Cutting, filing and soldering in a traditional hand-worked manner refines the metal sheet, rod and castings that I use. Most of this series is made from plated brass and silver or gold. The wearability of my necklaces is of major concern for me as well as the wearer. The scale of the pendants varies quite a bit to coincide with the variety of women wearing the jewelry. The floral necklaces lay around the neck in a flowing chain that relates to the pendant. Some pendants separate from their chains to become brooches. Often I will make earrings to accompany the necklaces because I like the wearer to have a complete look within the style I have established when she is wearing my art. I am greatly influenced by Rene Lalique’s jewelry, especially ancient Egyptian art to art nouveau and the art deco periods. My challenge is to make jewelry that is significant and completely my own.”

Public collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Museum of Art and Design, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI; and the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

The work of Linda MacNeil is held in the following Collections:

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland OH
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit MI
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY
Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte NC
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, CA
Museum of Arts and Design, New York NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA
Racine Art Museum, Racine WI
Renwick Gallery, National Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence RI
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo OH
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England

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Available Catalogs:

Linda MacNeil
United in Beauty:
The Jewelry and Collections of Linda MacNeil
Hardcover
208 Pages
Published by Schiffer Publishing
October 2002