Artisan Jewellery by Suzanne Potter.
Suzanne is inspired by nature (flora & fauna), biology (abstract simple cellular structures), & geometry (fundamental shape and form), either singularly or combined – all inspire her work. She has been intuitively designing and creating one-off & production ranges of jewellery, since first graduating in 1988 with a first in 3D Design – M&J, from Bucks College, High Wycombe. Suzanne then studied at the RCA, under the expert tutelage of Michael Rowe and David Watkins, graduating with an M.A. in GSMJ, 1991.
The artist’s POTTERSISKIN silver jewellery range, reflects her love of all things botanical – pressed iconic flower shapes, linear pod forms, and leaves in 2 & 3 dimensions. Robust abstraction of structural geometric forms, and graphic linear shapes, are used as building blocks, to depict charming, decorative pieces, which reflect contemporary sensibilities – modern classics.
Suzanne carefully hones her designs to create beautiful, striking jewellery – minimal clean lines and balanced aesthetics being her hallmarks. A masterful grasp of traditional, hand-making techniques – piercing, forming, construction / fabrication techniques, soldering, finishing and oxidising – all ably display Suzanne’s skill as a designer-maker and her finely balanced eye for detail.
Suzanne graduated 1991, MA RCA (GSMJ). Awarded Crafts Council Setting Up Grant & Prince’s Trust loan, both 1994. A member of Contemporary Applied Arts from 1994 to present day. Listed on Crafts Council Index of Selected Makers (Photostore), and shortlisted for the Janet Fitch Jewellery Prize : Chelsea Crafts Fair, 2003. Shows & sells in galleries & at fairs across UK, including – CAA, Electrum, Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Quercus Gallery, Anne Morgan Jewellery, Mari Thomas Jewellery, Origin & The Contemporary Craft Festival – Devon, Made – London, & GNCCF – Manchester.
Selected publications include : The Art of Jewellery Design (2001). 500 Earrings : New Directions in Contemporary Jewellery (2007). The Jewellers Directory (2007). Mixed Media Jewellery: Methods and Techniques (2009). The Art of Soldering for Jewellery Makers (2013).’