Susan loves to watch how metals react to heat, especially copper. She uses a flat stock of copper, brass or nickel and an ambient air acetylene torch to anneal the metal. It's amazing how the stiff metal becomes so malleable that she can fold it with her bare hands.
She creates her jewelry by using form-folding reticulation with both soldering and cold connections. Although often rugged in appearance, the fit and finish are of prime importance. She creates what she likes in very limited quantities and each piece is unique. Susan seeks to expand her repertoire, including enameling. Her studio is in a corner of her home in the Northeast Georgia mountains. In addition to metalsmithing, Susan also enjoys oil, watercolor and pastel painting.