was born in 1947 and grew up in the lovely countryside of northern
Westchester County, New York. I was inspired as a young boy by visiting
the great art museums in New York City, and spent many hours in the
Egyptian wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art looking at the gold
my parents were artists, so I knew it was possible to make a living in
the arts. After high school, I moved into the City, where I attended
classes at the School of Visual Arts to study abstract painting.
In 1972, I traded NYC for a mountaintop in Vermont. I set up a studio
space in an old barn and began painting and sculpting ~ and designing
art jewelry. After much twisting, torching and pounding, my jewelry
took on a distinctive look and feel. I am most grateful that for over
thirty years it has been the sole means of my support.
I now live in Montpelier, Vermont with my wife, Marietta, and one
of my sons, Julian. My daughter Zea lives right down the street with her husband and 2 children. Two
more kids round out our family - Tessa in San Francisco and Stephan
in New Jersey.
As a business owner, I am privileged to work with others. I turn to
my wife, Marietta Rhyne, for help, all the time. She is our Creative
Director because she is a fount of good ideas and common sense. The
women I work with on the production side of things in the shop have
always become very close friends and I love them all, past and present.
When I go to work, I just walk out my kitchen door, down a spiral
staircase and into my shop. It is a magical space overlooking the city
of Montpelier and the hills beyond. Here I make bronze jewelry as well
as larger pieces such as clocks, mobiles and garden sculpture.
I have been blessed in my life to be able to express my creativity
every day. One of my greatest joys is to know that so many people wear
my jewelry as a way to express themselves.
Note: If you travel to Montpelier, be sure to take a look at my downtown
sculpture, entitled "Riverpiece" by Lochlin Smith and Ward
Joyce, just off the Langdon Street Bridge, attached to the Shoe Horn building. Also, see my wind driven bicycle wheel sculpture at the Main Street Roundabout.
LOCHLIN SMITH DESIGNS
218 North Street
Montpelier, VT 05602