Suzy has been hand fabricating jewelry for almost 20 years. Her metals career started shortly after high school during a seven year stint as a dental technician. Trained on the job to make teeth out of gold, she learned the fundamentals of working with precious metals. While living in Alaska in the mid-90’s, she attended a silversmithing workshop at the local community college – her earlier metals training kicked in and she was hooked. After returning to her roots in Central Oregon in 2000, she continued her metals education at Central Oregon Community College where she refined her basic skills and explored alternative techniques.
Every piece is fabricated by hand from metal sheet, wire and tubing. Working primarily in silver, she frequently combines different metals including copper, brass and gold. Metals are sometimes textured with hammers, etching or roll printing. She often create dimension in pieces by creating hollow forms; pearls and stones are added as accents. She also draws inspiration from 20 years of working in the field of architecture – years spent both before and after her jewelry-making obsession began. In 2011 she left architecture to devote herself full-time to her jewelry business.