Charles Pinckney, Jeweler

Charles Pinckney, jeweler and sculptor, creates earrings, bracelets, rings, pendants, brooches and more out of his studio in Athens, Georgia. With metal, stones, bone and wood, he creates a composition that feels balanced and exciting to him.

Creating the work entirely by himself, Charles incorporates the use of designs that have a gesture quality rather than being highly symmetrical.

Charles Pinckney

My work is about connections. I was born in Rembert, SC in a small wooden house on a dusty red clay road located not far from where my parents spent their childhood and grew up.   The earliest known member of my father’s family was an emancipated slave, counted on the census of 1870 when he was 30 years old. I am irrevocably tied to this man.

My work reflects the tenacity and steadfast determination of my ancestors and of their enduring hope.   Art has the ability to promote dialog and to create communication and when I talk about my work I tell stories of my people. Those listening to me may be reminded of something similar to one of their own memories. Stories and memories bring people together and unite groups across racial, ethnic, gender and social boundaries. Stories can be used to help promote healing.

I use forged and welded titanium, sterling, gold and copper to fabricate jewelry with traditional metal techniques. I am one of twelve artists that produced a ‘Link’ for the Society of North American Goldsmiths 2016 eBook titled Linking our Lineage: 12 Techniques from 12 Master Smiths Vol. 2.