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image: Lynda Watson, Shopping in Mexico, 2018. Sterling silver, Mexican coins, precious metal clay charms. Artwork courtesy of the Artist. Photo courtesy of RR Jones. 





SEP. 25, 2022 - FEB. 5, 2023

The Metal Museum’s 2022 Master Metalsmith is Lynda Watson. The series honors artists, who have at least 20 years of experience in the field of fine metal work and who are known for educating and innovating.

Artist and lover of travel Lynda Watson creates works of art that document her journeys both around the world and through life. 

After completing an AA in Commercial Art, Lynda did undergraduate work in Drawing and Illustration and earned a BA in General Crafts and Jewelry. She received her MA and MFA in Jewelry/Metals from California State University, Long Beach.

In 1970 she was hired to start and build a Jewelry/Metals program at Cabrillo College in Aptos, Santa Cruz County, California. She headed the program and taught there full time for twenty-five years.

Lynda has done lectures and workshops at colleges, universities and art schools throughout the country and led tours to Mexico for metalsmiths. She was involved with Summervail  Art Workshop and has served in various leadership roles for the Yuma Art Symposium.

Lynda was awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowships and in 1998 was selected as Santa Cruz County’s Artist of the Year. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally over the last fiftyfive years and is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Art and Design, New York, as well as private collections. It has appeared in numerous publications starting notably with Objects USA in 1969 and including Oppi Untracht’s Metal Techniques for Craftsmen and Jewelry Concepts and Technology, American Craft, Ornament, Metalsmith and Metalsmith Exhibition in Print. Images of Lynda’s work were included in the Museum of Art and Design’s Crafting Modernism and the recently Arnoldsche publication, In Flux: American Jewelry and the Counterculture.

Retirement afforded Lynda time to travel and accelerated her production of work.  It also allowed her to be very active in the Santa Cruz art community.  She feels that her most successful and best work has been done post retirement.

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Photo courtesy of RR Jones. 


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