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Susan Dickinson

JewelerMember Since 2012

I became fascinated with jewelry about 9 years ago after travelling to New Mexico and seeing all the turquoise, silver, and macramé bracelets of the Southwest. Shortly after, I took my first jewelry making class and have been addicted ever since. I became a member of Wesleyan Potters 5 years ago, but have been taking classes there off and on for 7 years. I am always learning something new. I create my work around the stone I find, making each piece one-of-a-kind. I love cutting and polishing my own stones. I find that each stone is as unique and individual as a fingerprint. My favorite techniques are layering multiple cabochons and cutting my own stones. Again, everything circles back to the fact that I love the stones I work with, and each piece is centered on a stone.

I am inspired by my favorite artist Michael Boyd, who taught me about putting different stones together. Beyond that, the inspiration for my work is combining unexpected materials, multiple stones, silver, gold, handmade leathers, and found objects from nature like feathers and snakeskin. What keeps me going in my craft is the journey to design each piece and the epiphany that comes from finding inspiration in each stone. I hope you love and enjoy my work, just as much as I enjoyed crafting it.