Biography

 

Nancy Ryall was born and educated in England. As a child, she was fascinated by the visual details of the world around her.

With both parents being sculptors and designers, Nancy at an early age had an instinctive ability for drawing and thinking three dimensionally. With the skills and experience she developed in her younger years, it was apparent that she was destined for a life in the arts.

Nancy first attended Newcastle-under-Lyme School of Art in Staffordshire. She then went on to study at the City of Birmingham University where she attained a degree in jewelry design and making. The university is situated within the historic jewelry quarter of Hockley which has been established more than 250 years, as one of the world's leading metalsmithing centers. Today the jewelry quarter continues to foster and promote artists and craftsmen in both jewelry making and horology.

In 2005, having finished her education, Nancy moved permanently to the United States to join her family, who were then living and working in North Carolina. In 2008 she setup her own jewelry studio but didn't find her true passion in forging until 2013. Today, all Nancy's work is hand forged using a hammer and an anvil. Working in solid 14k and 18k gold, Nancy uses this age old technique to create contemporary jewelry.