Susan May

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

I make rough drawings and written descriptions of my ideas for pieces of jewellery – it is unusual for me to draw up a finished piece before it has been made. When I have a strong idea I want it to continue to evolve during the making process, through the techniques, and working the material.
Drawing regularly (from life, people, the city etc.), has a tremendous influence and supports the whole process. Music is another contributing factor.

My aim is that the finished piece will convey the initial idea but has developed in a way that has surprised me.

Specialist Techniques:

Forging
Forming
Roller embossing

Awards:

1977
Setting Up Grant, Crafts Council

Education:

1973–77
Hornsey College of Art (Middlesex University)
Goldsmiths’ Graduate Apprenticeship Scheme

Public Collections:

The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths'
The Koch Collection - Switzerland

Publications:

2008
‘Five Hundred Pendants’ ed. M. Le Van, Lark Books USA

2005
'Five Hundred Bracelets', ed. M.Le Van. Publ. Lark Books USA

2004
'Jewellery Unlimited' Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery
'One Thousand Rings', ed. M.Le Van. Publ. Lark Books USA

2001
'The Ring - The Art of the Ring' - Mobilia Gallery, USA
'Modern Designer Jewellery 1960-2000', York Civic Trust

2000
‘Jewellery Design: The Artisan’s Reference’, Elizabeth Olver, Quarto Books.
'Silver 2000', Crafts Council at the V & A Museum, London
'Treasures of the 20th Century', The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths at Goldsmiths' Hall

1996
‘Review of Susan May at the Crafts Council Shop’, Pamela Johnson, V&A Museum, London.

1990

‘20th Century Jewellery’, Caroline Pullee, Apple Press. ‘Susan May’, British Blacksmith Magazine, September.

1988
‘Heavy Metal-Forged and Smithed’, Norman Cherry, Crafts Magazine, Sep/Oct.

1986
‘Crafts people Abroad’, Crafts Magazine, May/June. ‘Fire and Iron’, Crafts Magazine, Sep/Oct. ‘Fire and Ironing’, British Blacksmith Magazine, Autumn.

1985
‘Jewellery Crafts Manual’, Silvia Wicks, MacDonald.

Catalogues: 2001 ‘Treasures of the 20th Century’, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’. 2000 ‘Silver 2000’, Crafts Council @ the V&A Museum, London. 1999 ‘Jewellery Moves’, National Museums of Scotland. 1991 ‘20th Century Ironwork’, Sotheby’s. 1988 ‘Ironing – The First and Last All Women Blacksmith Show’, Fire and Iron Gallery, Leatherhead, Surrey. 1986 ‘Precious Elements’, Usher Gallery, Lincoln. 1984 ‘Made of Metal’, Cirencester Workshops/Southern Arts. 1980 ‘British Jewellery’, Atrium Gallery, Basel, Switzerland. Contemporary British Crafts, Sotheby’s.


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