Artist Statement


I have been mystified by jewelry for as long as I can remember. I collected
antique jewelry as a young child and remember being in awe of the magical
pieces in my mother's jewelry box. Occasional trips to an intriguing local
antique shop opened the door to a love of creating one of a kind jewelry art.


The selection of materials and techniques for my work have a strong connection
to my adoration of natural forms. I get excited about the contrast of textures
on metal surfaces. My work is primarily fabricated in silver and/or gold. I
often embellish my pieces with unusual gemstones, for their amazing beauty and color.


I enjoy the design process from drawing to a completed piece. I love
discovering and experimenting with new techniques and materials as I design new
collections. Consequently my work is ever changing!


Biography


I am a professional metalsmith, designer and gemologist. I have a
BFA from Syracuse University in Jewelry and Metalsmithing and have a Graduate Gemologist Diploma from the Gemnological Insitute of America.
I have been involved in the jewelry business/industry for a lifetime. I owned Syracuse Jewelry Company and more recently was co owner of Cazenovia Jewelry Inc. for 27 years. I am currently owner of my own jewelry business. I show my work at Cazenovia Artisans in Cazenovia, New York and Imagine in Skaneateles, New York. I also participate in several shows annually. I enjoy teaching classes in my studio.


AwardsLapidary Journal / Jewelry Arts Awards 2005 - 1st Place Winner/Bracelet
Category
30-MINUTE Lark Book series by Marthe Le Van Designs in three books:
30-MINUTE earrings 2010
30-MINUTE necklaces 2010
30-MINUTE bracelets 2012


Contact Information
Name: Susan Machamer
Name of Business: Susan Machamer Jewelry Design
Phone: 315-247- 9003
Email: samachamer@gmailcom