Jeweler Susan Strauss will show her silver and bead work at tonight's Argenta ArtWalk event at Laman Library's Argenta branch, 506 Main St. She'll be there from 5-8 p.m.
Here's a little something she wrote about her work that I found on the Jewish Federation of Arkansas's webpage on local artists (photos from that site, too):
It's been ten years since I started stringing beads again. I loved beads since I was little and would go over to Sallye Phillips' house and watch her make necklaces fo M.M. Cohn. The bead trend came back and I jumped in.
Over the years, I took my love of making Raku clay and applied it to jewelry making through Precious Metal Clay. This is recycled fine sterling silver in clay form. It works like clay and then when fired, everything that is not clay burns out at the high firing temperature.
More recently, I have begun making things this way in bronze, too. I am learning still to solder and make things in metal through classes at the Arts Center- it is much harder than it looks! The gemstone beads that I currently use are mostly gem quality, faceted stones that make the piece special.
I am lucky to be able to sell my earrings and necklaces on an ongoing basis at The Box Turtle on Kavanaugh.
More jewelry tonight at Argenta ArtWalk: Sheryl Kee of Copper Key Art will be at Ketz Gallery, 705 Main.