Silver lining to childhood
FOURTH- GENERATION JEWELLER RIGHT AT HOME
GROWING up around the smell of grease and metal in her father’s workshop was a rite of passage for fourth- generation jeweller Bethamy Linton.
The Gidgegannup silversmith spent hours in the Linton family workshops and sought an apprenticeship in fine jewellery when she was 16.
“I remember rummaging around in my father’s workshop and finding bits of silver and figurines when I was very young,” she said.
Linton’s father John extended the cutlery lines made by her grandfather Jamie, who took over in the 1930s from her greatgrandfather James Walter Robert Linton, an influential British painter and teacher who established the first family workshop in 1908 and founded the WA Linton School of Art.
JWR Linton lived in Parkerville until 1947 and his contribution to the arts in the early 20th century extended to a curatorial post with the Art Gallery of WA.
Linton silverware has been acquired for the collections of the British and Danish Royal families, the Australian National Gallery and several state galleries.
With artistic lineage also on her mother’s side ( sculptor- artist Lina Linton), Linton said choosing a creative pathway was the natural choice.
She lives with her partner and two- yearold son on a hobby farm of chooks and sheep and works out of a small shed, where she draws inspiration from the rural surroundings.
“We moved here about four years ago and it has been lovely to find this kind of community,” she said.
As a collector of ‘ things’, Linton said her small studio was overflowing with an eclectic mix of the tools and materials of her trade.
Mundaring Art Gallery and Taylors Art and Coffee House in Middle Swan exhibit her collections and bespoke pieces are available at Aspects of Kings Park.
Handmade creations to adorn the body and table feature items made in titanium – her metal of choice – selected for its strength and reflective colour.
Engagement and wedding jewellery is a commission staple for any jeweller and she shares the family passion for bespoke tableware.
Linton said survival as an artist required adaptability, a skill she teaches at North Metro Tafe where she guides her jewellery students in the art of communication.
“Social media has changed everything,” she said.
Jeweller Bethamy Linton in her studio shed in Gidgegannup. Her work will feature at Margaret River Gallery from December 10 to January 7. d462997