Location: Garibaldi Highlands, BC
Susan studied ceramic sculpture and printmaking before she started making jewellery. The three dimensional forms she created from clay and the surfaces that developed through the print making process are evident in her current work. In forming her designs she either constructs or casts the components in sterling silver and then combines these forms with vitreous enamels. Her techniques include Keum-boo, acid-etching, and lost wax casting.
From 2005 t0 2013 Susan served as a jewellery instructor in the Jewellery Art and Design Program at Vancouver Community College. She has exhibited all over North America.
I work intuitively employing metal smithing techniques with an experimental approach towards materials and processes. Using the interplay of texture, colour, shape and form I explore the relationships of these elements, their subtle variations and endless possibilities. The sensuous forms and intricate patterns of the natural world are a constant source of inspiration for me. The jewellery and other objects that I make represent the varied and sometimes unexpected beauty found in nature. My work is constantly evolving as I explore new directions and variations of a theme.