For those that knew her, I want to let everyone know that Susan Wood
died yesterday, Dec. 29th. She was at peace and surrounded by some of
her closest friends.
Susan’s 2 1/2 year battle with colon and liver cancer has been an
inspiration to everyone who crossed her path. Her unstoppable spirit
was always accompanied by humor and grace.
Most people know Susan from her unbelievable metalwork, her founding
and endless support of the Mendocino Art Center’s Metalsmithing
Program, teaching Jewelry/Metals at California College of the Arts
and the hundreds of workshops she taught throughout the world. Susan
found strength in teaching and worked in her position at California
College of the Arts all the way until her final months. Even then,
she wanted as many days as she could get in this world saying, “I
still have pieces I want to make.”
Susan Wood was my friend and colleague who I’ve known my entire
adult life. For many years we were a team, building the Mendocino Art
Center’s Jewelry/Metals Program from nothing into something and then
keeping it alive and thriving. I’ll miss her greatly.
Any words that you post on Orchid, I’ll make sure get passed onto
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