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1979 Linda MacNeil Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1954 glass and 14k gold 2 1/8 x 19 5/8 x 3/8 in. (5.3 x 50.0 x 1.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Vera and Robert Loeffler 1981.73 Not currently on view


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"Reflecting our times, I use technology, geometry, simplicity, mechanisms, and methods of fabrication as sources for my ideas." Linda MacNeil in Metalsmith, Summer 1996

Luce Center Label

Necklace is an example of Linda MacNeil's jewelry that incorporates opaque glass and metal, where the metal is both a connecting device and an integral part of the design. MacNeil's father was a machinist, and as a child she spent a great deal of time in his shop. Industrial materials influenced this necklace, which is made up of metal springs and tubelike glass pieces. The composition seems playful and spontaneous, but in fact MacNeil carefully considers the relationships among every element in her work.

Keywords

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

glass

metal - gold