Nancy Prisk Is a metal-smith working with silver and copper to create one-of-a-kind original jewelry designs. She uses a unique combination of methods to texture and shape the metal into forms inspired by nature.
A graduate of the University of Maine, Nancy majored in textile and fiber art. She is currently completing a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (History, Anthropology, and Folklore). Nancy's career includes the development and management of educational programs, project management, small business development, and historical and genealogical research. Her passion for hands-on forms of expressing creative thought has led her to design and produce the lines of jewelry that she markets through her company, Southport Silver.
Nancy's artistic training includes her studies at the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, MA as well as workshops at several independent educational studios in Massachusetts, Maine and North Carolina. She has had the opportunity to expand her knowledge and skills under the direction of master silver and metal-smiths from the United States, Israel, and the United Kingdom.
The interest and skill in metalworking has been in the Prisk family for generations. Nancy's great-grandfather immigrated from Cornwall, England in the 1860's to work in the Connecticut tin mines. He was joined by other family members and soon founded the Prisk Pewter Company in Yalesville, CT. When Nancy was a child, her father taught her to solder and work with metal just as he had learned from his father.