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[New Orchid Gallery] Susan McDonough


Susan McDonough

I became fascinated to the point of obsession with the Etruscan
process of Granulation over a decade ago. Granulation involves tiny
spheres formed under heat through colloidal adhesion, precisely
placed on a prepared surface of the same material then fused with a
torch. From the creation of the granules and sheet, the cleaning and
surface preparation of the components to the fusing of the bezels
and granules to the actual joining of the pieces, many hours of work
can be made or lost in a millisecond with the flash of the gold at
fusing temperature. Jewelry fabrication is great if you love to
problem solve and I do! I “grew up” in Asheville, NC and was
classically educated with a degree in Philosophy in NM, then spent
the past 18 years in Maine melting things and obsessing over stones.
Having recently moved back to the mountains of WNC I plan on making
pretty things and using lots of tools. I find inspiration in nature,
space specifically - the movement of the planets and ce lestial
bodies fascinate me.

Passion is contagious! Show us your passion, Show us your work!

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