Susan Campbell, Jeweler

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Susan spent her childhood in outback Australia a vast and adventurous place. After travelling through Europe and North Africa she came to New Zealand in the early 70’s and settled in the Hokianga. In 1989 she moved to Auckland with her children and attended the University of Auckland where she obtained a Masters Degree in Art History. She has essays published in Art New Zealand on Peter James Smith, David Barker and Neal Palmer and written catalogues essays for Robert Bourdon, Sarah Hughes and Bruce Hunt. However the call of the waters and landscape of the Hokianga were hard to resist and she returned to live in the Hokianga.

She leant the art of jewellery making in 2006 on the Hokianga Art and Crafts Course run by Sue Daly. She works as a part time technician and tutor in the jewellery component of the Northtec Applied Arts Diploma on the Rawene Campus. Her jewellery studio is situated on the shores of the Hokianga harbor, working with sterling silver hand making chain necklaces and bracelets as well as silver brooches. She sells her work through Te Papa in Wellington, Statements Gallery in Napier, Burning Issues in Whangerei and the HA Gallery in Rawene.

Susan uses silver and copper in her jewellery for its close relationship to the land. Her home in outback Australia was rich in minerals. Nearby was a vast deposit of high grade iron ore, an old abandoned gold mine and the sandy creek beds were a mine of many coloured stones. The magical process that takes place to transform raw rock from the earth into a piece of silver is a source of wonder to Susan. When working with silver she is conscious of its source, it is of the land and helps maintain a link with landscape and country.

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