Alice Finkelstein Allen is the maker behind Smith Mac (previously Fink's & Co.) and MAKE MADE is proud to feature her work for our Grand Opening.
A South Carolina native, Alice was surrounded by art, nature and architecture from an early age and influenced by her parent's love of fine arts. Today, Alice brings more than 20 years of design and fine art experience to every piece. She has an extensive formal education starting with a bachelor’s degree in sculpture from Clemson University, she studied iron and metalsmithing from Penland School of Crafts and received a second bachelor’s degree from Converse College in interior design. Her journey took her all over the world to work on expansive design projects as an interior designer and metalsmith. While working in New York City, Alice honed her metalsmithing skills attending night classes at Jewelry Art Inc. and The School of Visual Arts, New York. She then earned a graduate jeweler diploma from the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts San Francisco. Since 2017, Alice has focused her extensive education, experience, and passion exclusively on fine art jewelry.
Alice's striking body of work features bold geometric motifs with high contrast combinations, repeated elements, and subtle inclusions of nontraditional materials. Engrained in Alice is a strong legacy of artisans and mercantile businesses, as she is a fourth generation Fink offering goods to the public. The name Fink's & Co. harkens back to her grandfather’s store, Fink’s, where as a young girl she would run through luxurious ladie’s furs and fine Italian imports.
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