Artwork for Susan Wilkinson
rings with stones
worry beads ring
pebble + larimar earrings
oval + carnelian earrings
larimar space necklace
raw labradorite necklace
Whilst I am inspired and informed by the landscape I don't try to emulate what I see. Rather, I use various techniques to achieve the organic forms and textures that appeal to me so much: milling, reticulation, even hammering the silver against stone - and the effects are different each time. Surfaces are left matte, and where possible I use raw stones to better show their structure and colour. My pieces are designed to be tactile; they are meant to be fiddled with. I don't often look in a mirror and see what I am wearing around my neck, but I do know how my necklace feels when I rub my thumbnail over the surface.
Being an artist is instinctive and emotive but can be pretty exasperating and fulfilling in equal measure. It involves experimentation, overcoming technical difficulties and it can take courage to produce work that hopefully speaks to other people and affects them on a visceral level. The provenance of the materials is important to me therefore the silver is recycled and stones are bought from small-scale traders. I sometimes incorporate antler (shed annually) and pieces of etched copper plate from a print studio.
I design and make jewellery in recycled silver and semi-precious stones.
I design and make one-off pieces or sometimes very small batches in my garden workshop.
City & Guilds Jewellery & Design
December 2022 Bizarre Bazaar Jenny Pickford Sculpture Garden
October 2022 Bountiful', Take 4 Gallery, Ledbury
June 2022 Summer Exhibition, White House Gallery, Kirkudbright, Scotland
May 2022 Select Arts, Stroud
December 2021 Christmas Show, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
November 2021 Rodborough Collective, Stroud
September 2021 Cheltenham Open Studios, the yard:ARTspace
June 2021 A Poetic Vision, Take 4 Gallery, Ledbury
June 2021 Select Arts at Three Storeys, Nailsworth
December 2020 Horns Road Christmas pop-up exhibition, Stroud
November 2020 Humphries & Begg Christmas Exhibition, Stroud
October 2020 SIT Select Art Trail
New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
Museum in the Park, Stroud