Nancy Gardner has been making fine jewelry in Mendocino since 1985. As a child in Clarence, New York, she spent hours playing with her grandmother’s jewelry, which was kept in a brown velvet box in the attic. Nancy received her BA in design, concentration in metalsmithing at the State University of New York, Buffalo, and went on to learn old world goldsmithing from master craftsmen in Italy and Portugal. She has participated in a number of international shows and has taught silver and gold jewelry fabrication both in Europe and at the Mendocino Art Center. With a particular attraction to Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles, Nancy brings a lifetime of technical expertise and an ongoing respect and love for her materials to her artistic process. Her one of a kind jewelry, much inspired by her elegant Grandmother, can be seen at her unique working studio and gallery space, the Mendocino Jewelry Studio.