Susan Cross is Reader in the Jewellery & Silversmithing Department and has been a part time member of staff since 1989. Graduating from Middlesex Polytechnic in 1986 Susan has continued to parallel her own jewellery practice with teaching; exhibiting internationally and nationally, making a significant contribution to the field of contemporary jewellery. In 2007 Susan was jointly awarded the prestigious Jerwood Applied Arts Award for Jewellery. Invitations and opportunities to travel abroad to countries include Finland, New Zealand and Korea; giving master classes and lectures on her own practise and the exciting work and achievements of the Jewellery & Silversmithing department.
Research interests focus mainly on historical reference and contemporary practice within the field of jewellery but also extend beyond into the wider creative practise of the applied arts. For example:
- Experimenting with new and unorthodox methods of material construction within the specialism of Jewellery.
- How drawing underpins and supports the design and making process?
- Exploring new materials and technical methods that best suit and translate the qualities achieved through drawing.
- The symbolism & significance of historical jewellery as depicted in portrait painting.
Recent research outputs include:
Unsung Heroes a department project for staff & students that involved working with the Lothian Health Board Archive. This culminated in a permanent collection of work sited at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.
Drawing through Objects questioned and examined how drawing informs making. A significant part of this output was to co- organise a one day symposium that was hosted by the Design School in 2012. Invited speakers who are artists, curators and critical writers examined their particular relationship to drawing and how it informs and underpins their practice.
Creation ll, an insight into the mind of the modern artist jeweller was a major group exhibition at the Worshipful Company of Goldsmith’s in 2009. This presented a collection of work that included new methods of chain making alongside translating aspects of drawings into precious metals.
Recent exhibitions and events include:
Heat Exchange II, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, November 2015
Shock and Awe, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, July – September 2014
Retrospective, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, September – October 2013