Brass and semi-precious beads
Susan Hoge combines indigenous beadwork techniques with precious stones and high karat gold to create unique, rare jewels.She is a self taught beadworker and an overly educated metalsmith with degrees from University of Michigan, University of New Mexico, The Fashion Institute in NYC and Cranbrook Academy of Art. Susan began her career by making and selling beaded jewellery at Grateful Dead concerts in the early 1980”s. At this time, she also had the opportunity to repair and recreate ancient and indigenous beaded pieces from around the world. This gave her a solid technical foundation.Her work has been featured in Vogue, Elle, In Style, American Craft, and Metalsmith magazines. It has been purchased and worn by Janet Jackson at the Grammys and by actresses on the red carpet at the Oscars. Her work is in the jewellery collection of the Museum of Art and Design in NYC.
Katie MacDonald was born, raised, and educated in La Crosse, Wisconsin. After completing studies in metalsmithing and photography at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, she arrived in Michigan in 2005 to study at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Katie has always had a personal connection to the photographic image–as the daughter of a photographer, she spent many hours of her young life loitering around her father’s darkroom, forging a connection to photography that propels her creative process and greatly influences the jewelry and sculpture she makes today. Katie presently teaches courses in metalsmithing and sculpture at Wayne State University, and maintains a studio in Plymouth, MI.
c. Red Jasper
d. Picture Jasper