Silversmith Bethamy Linton is a star jeweller on the rise.
Tall and vivacious, Bethamy now based in Gidgegannup, is a fifth generation artist (her great, great grandfather, James Linton, used to teach art to Queen Victoria’s daughters) and a fourth generation WA silversmith.
Great grandfather James established the Linton workshop way back in 1908, and it lived on through Bethamy’s grandfather, Jamie, and father John. Many of their fine pieces are now cherished in family collections across Australia.
“Some of my earliest memories are of running around the family workshop,” says Bethamy, 36.
Last week Bethamy wowed a glittering Mosman Park crowd with her elegant and intricate pieces of jewellery at her first solo exhibition.
“This is a very exciting time for me,” she told guests at the Gallows gallery.
“The necklaces, bracelets, ear-rings and rings on show are inspired by memory and experience – they’re all motifs of my life. And this collection is inspired by creepy crawlies, as ever since we moved to our new property in the hills, there have been termites and ticks galore!”
The pieces took between three days and two weeks to complete.
“The greatest challenge for me was working with silver cable – that’s new for me, and it took a lot of problem-solving. I was also working with titanium, which can be tricky. Hand-cutting it all can be quite a task, but I find it all pleasurable!”
Three of the pieces have already been purchased by Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.
Jewellery photographs by Bewley Shaylor