You already put so much thought and labor into your work. You may have even made your own chain... Now consider that it’s important and rewarding to treat findings as integral parts of your design rather than as an afterthought. In this 4 week series we will explore basic forms of simple, functional catches, bales and chain caps, with a focus on how you can adapt them to suit your style and materials. We will also discuss how to determine when you should make your own and when it’s a better idea to use or modify purchased elements. Students are encouraged to bring works-in-progress to class for feedback and design assistance.
PREREQUISITE: Intermediate soldering skills advised.
Please check the MAGG website for a supply list 2 weeks prior to the first session.
Susan Saul received a BA in Fine Art/Printmaking from the University of California, Santa Barbara, back when…well, shoulder pads for women were all the rage. She has been a studio artist for most of the decades since. Artistic curiosity has led her to explore costume design, etching, paper-making, textile painting, mixed media assemblage, and at long last, precious metal jewelry.
Susan’s designs emerge from a hands-on approach to fabrication and a deep connection to skilled makers of the past, while remaining relevant in current times. She paints her story from a palette of silver, gold and carefully curated gemstones. She likes to say that if there is any one concept that inspires her work, it is the expression of the feminine divine in the physical world. Her art, whether simple or elaborate, is intended to evoke or awaken a feeling of connection and recognition in the wearer. To this end, she frequently takes on custom projects to repurpose items that are of sentimental value to her clients, or to help them commemorate milestones in life.
Susan has taught jewelry classes and workshops for over 20 years in Atlanta, and occasionally in Florida, North Carolina or California. She works out of her private studio, and part-time at Aimee Jewelry and Fine Art Gallery in Decatur, GA. She is grandmother to 3 little ones, and currently lives in Atlanta with her husband Steven and their two cats Dorothy and Elphaba.