Nancy Ryall

Oxford NC | Exhibiting Since 2019

Nancy’s work is pure in form, simple in style and uncompromising in it’s quality. Working in solid 14k and 18k gold, her jewelry carries no unnecessary embellishment which may detract from the elegant lines and basic forms of her designs. She uses the age old technique of forging with a hammer and anvil to create her jewelry and finds it fascinating that in a time when the world is so dependent on technology, she is in fact dependent on a skill that dates back thousands of years. Not only does the forging technique allow Nancy to create three dimensional and complex shapes, but during the forging process the gold is work hardened and strengthened by repeated hammer blows, thus creating fine lightweight jewelry that is delicate but strong and everlasting.