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Suzy Gardner

Arati Artist:  Suzy Gardner

Description of work:

With a whimsical heart, an undying passion for making quality art, unique creations, and an extremely curious bent, I hope you will enjoy what I create as much as I enjoy creating.  My jewelry is handcrafted using semi-precious stones, Argentium Sterling Silver (which is a silver and Germanium alloy.  It is extremely tarnish resistant.  No polishing - cool, huh? It may dull over time, but wear it and it sparkles right up.
I love to incorporate fused silver and water casting techniques. Flames and molten metal, what's not to love?  I purchase my metals from a supplier who uses recycled metals and I love to incorporate found objects.  Coming from a family of miners, I have a commitment to using fair trade stones.  My pieces are individually created, never the same thing twice,
Jewelry is like clothing; it should be comfortable!  I would like every piece of my jewelry to become a beloved heirloom - not because it is too precious to wear and has been sitting in a safe for years, but because it is so enjoyed and worn so often by someone you care about that it becomes part of your memory of a special person.

Biographical Info or Resume:

A native of  Western Colorado, I am the descendant of Colorado Pioneers.  I come from a heritage where “cowboy” is not only a noun, but a verb and a job description.  In cowboy culture, as well as in my Choctaw heritage, nature is respected and nothing is wasted.  I believe deeply in this philosophy.  As the daughter of an artist and in a family of artists and creators, I've drawn, colored, cut, pasted, whittled, sculpted, soldered, molded, knotted, painted, and created from whatever was available for as long as I can remember.  I started making jewelry when I was 10.  A lifelong lover of sparkly things, this is a dangerous pastime for me ;) !
I named my company Dream Follower.  Why?  Our lives get so busy and we hustle just to get through our daily chore list.  I came to a time in my life when I realized that I still had dreams I wanted to follow and needed to prioritize them if they were ever to be.  Hence, Dream Follower.  Follow your Dreams, they know the way. 
 I studied Art at Mesa State University in Grand Junction, Colorado, and have continued my studies with different classes; some taught by other artists, some at Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs and at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico.  I’ve enjoyed classes in Sculpture, Metalsmithing, Drawing, Painting, Human Anatomy, ceramics, & raku, in addition to many others.


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