She is an uppity, unruly octogenarian woman, living a life enriched by the power inherent in all handcrafted art objets. Though she graduated from The University of Vermont ‘63 with unofficial majors in psychology, drama, and ancient history, she has, naturally, been a studio jeweler making her work for over four decades and she continues to make her jewels into this, the eighth decade of her life.
Studio jeweler, author Linda Kaye-Moses enrolled in a one-semester, one-night-a-week class in 1976, where she learned to saw and solder metal. The other students winced and complained that the sound of the saw on metal hurt their ears, but she was so engaged in the manipulation of the metal, she never heard the sound, and has never looked back.
Kaye-Moses has exhibited her jewels at major juried shows, including The Smithsonian Craft Show.
She curated the exhibitions:
Millennial Metal; The Art of Precious Metal Clay
Re-Collected/Re-Invented; the Narrative Craft Object
She was a final juror for The Saul Bell Design Awards.
Her work has been published in many books, including:
In the Picture; Framing the Visual Arts
(Oxford University Press, Australia);
Art Jewelry Today & Art Jewelry Today 2, 3, & 4
Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects
From 1994-2002 Kaye-Moses initiated, developed and was the Metal Studio Department Head at Interlaken School of Art (Stockbridge, MA), where she both taught and programmed jewelry making classes. She taught at many locations in the USA and, in 2001 taught three workshops in New Zealand. She continues to teach currently.
She authored Pure Silver Metal Clay Beads and
Roots, Stems, and Branches; A Recollection.
She has received two Massachusetts Arts Lottery Council Grants, three Massachusetts Cultural Council Professional Development Grants; a Niche Award; and twice was a Saul Bell Design Award Finalist.
She was honored when her neckpiece, Artemisia Liberata won First Prize in the international AMCAW 2021 Alchemy Challenge Competition. Her work was recently exhibited in 2022 in Makers and Mentors: The Art and Life of Snow Farm—The New England Craft Program at the Fuller Craft Museum; in 2022, Superbly Sintered, the international biennial exhibition of AMCAW; and from 2022-2023 in “Alchemy6” the biennial international Enamelist Society exhibition.
She lives with her husband in an old farmhouse in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, USA, surrounded by lilacs.