Following a two year foundation diploma at Herefordshire College of Art & Design, Susan then completed a four year Jewellery degree at Middlesex Polytechnic, London in 1986. Susan set up her first studio in London before relocating to Edinburgh in 1989 where she now lives and works. She has been a part – time lecturer in the Jewellery & Silversmithing department at Edinburgh College of Art since 1989 and was awarded a readership in 2008 following her success in the Jerwood Applied Arts Award for Jewellery in 2007. Susan has been selected for the prestigious international contemporary jewellery exhibition ‘Schmuck 2017’ (69th International Trade Fair, Munich 2017) and will be the sole representative from the UK.
Susan has continued to develop her practice exhibiting her work both nationally and internationally. Alongside a demanding exhibition schedule, Susan has also been invited to initiate projects and workshops in Finland (a teaching exchange), India (with the British Council) and New Zealand (as visiting lecturer). In 1999 she was awarded a travel bursary by the Scottish Arts Council to visit Japan. In 2008 Susan travelled to South Korea (on behalf of ECA) to teach a master class at Kookmin University alongside giving lectures to other prominent institutions for the study of Jewellery in Seoul.
“My series of new necklaces titled ‘Bloom’ evoke the changing of the seasons – inspired from an initial series of drawings made on location at the Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh over the past year, these studies were then distilled, edited and translated through a series of pen and ink design drawings. The drawn, linear quality of the oxidised silver closely relate to that of the behavior of the liquid ink on highly absorbent Asian paper i.e. dots of ink now become interwoven into the design through the use of silver spheres.” – Susan Cross
Public Collections include:
Victoria & Albert Museum, London; National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; Crafts Council, London; Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London; Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery; Edinburgh Royal Infirmary; Alice & Louis Koch Collection, Switzerland.