Susan is a self-taught jeweler who began handcrafting jewelry in 1999. Coming from a family of artisans coupled with her years of working in various art forms, Susan finally found her true expressive medium in jewelry design.
The Vintage Postmark Collection began from Susan's fascination with nostalgic pieces and her collection of vintage postcards. To Susan these postcards are a portal to another era, where miniature works of art or photographs were proudly displayed along with a glimpse into someone's life.
A pivotal moment occurred during Susan's search for a Florence postcard. After hours of pouring over vintage postcards belonging to a stamp dealer in Nevada, not only did she find one from 1938 that spoke to her but it was sent to an individual in Sayville, New York. This might not sound like anything, but taking into consideration that Susan's work is in an artisan gallery in the same town on the street adjacent to the addressee on the postcard, Susan found it truly serendipitous!
These moments are what motivate Susan's work. Whether you love a postmark design due to a fond memory of a prior journey, or like Susan, a dreamer hoping to catch a glimpse of a bygone era, they can hold a sentimental place in your heart. Each postmark holds a sentimental place in Susan's heart and she hopes they find a place in your heart as well.
Each postmark designs is handmade through the lost-wax process. The postmark from the vintage card is sculpted in wax to create a 3-D model then cast in sterling silver.