Learning from a Master
With a desire to explore my artistic side, I started the search for a talented jeweler willing to mentor me. I didn’t want to just take classes but rather understand how inspiration can be turned into reality. I was familiar with the New Hampshire League of Craftsmen as an organization of talented artists. This was my starting point. I asked at a League shop for a recommendation of a silversmith who was accepting students. Sussy Rose Shields was the name I received. Sussy has been a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen since 1988 and has an amazing range of skills.
At the end of January 2018, I began my exploration of metalsmithing under the guidance of Sussy. She is truly a master of her craft and a recognized designer and creator of beautiful jewelry inspired by the world around her. Through lessons on various techniques, Sussy imparted wisdom that refined my design process, expanded my skillset and drove my desire to create new and unique pieces. She continues to challenge me to think dimensionally which more often than not leads me in a direction I had not thought to go.
My pieces are inspired by nature and the unique brilliance that happens when precious metals and colorful gemstones are combined. I hope you will follow my story as it evolves. Be well.