106 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids, MI 49307   231-796-2420

Jewelry Artist Sue Johnson

I believe jewelry is the most personal forms of artistic expression, displaying small pieces of sculpture on ourselves for everyone to see. Each piece goes through idea, design, planning, layout and execution stages - like any other piece of fine art. I have had formal jewelry training at Kentwood High School, Grand Rapids Community College, Western Michigan University, and Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts. I hope to continue learning jewelry skills at Kendall College of Art & Design, when time allows. Mostly, I am self taught through trial & error!

I work from a small studio at my home in Morley, where my husband, Mike and I have recently moved. Without his help and support, I wouldn't be able to devote so much of my time to honing my craft. His previous life as a farrier enables him to help me understand the "how's and why's" of metal work - heating, hammering, quenching, etc…Bless him.

My designs may include semi and/or semi-precious gemstones, assorted precious metals; PreciousMetalClay, new and vintage glass, leather, waxed Irish linen; silk or found objects - whatever it takes to make a piece pleasing to the eye.

My one of a kind pieces are hand wrought; whether bench made; wire wrapped kiln fired or more conventionally strung. They are all original designs and unique unto themselves, as are the people who wear them.

I also enjoy consignment work; which allows me to help the customer chose exactly what he or she wants. A broken strand of beads that Grandma wore can be made into another useable, heirloom-quality piece to be enjoyed by future generations.

From the earthier Tribal Revival to the glitzier All That Sparkles, I hope you will see my versatility and range when viewing my pieces in Artworks.


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