• Summer exhibition of contemporary Jewellery

    Posted on 05 Jul 2013 by Dorothy Wightman | 0 comments

    We are delighted to have launched a new exhibition of contemporary jewellery at Dorothy Wightman interiors this summer. 

    The launch of the ‘Susan Cross exhibition’ took place on the 29th June in our showroom.  Susan is one of the country’s leading Jewellers and is Reader in Jewellery and Silversmithing at the Edinburgh College of Art.  She won the prestigious Jerwood Prize and has been granted freedom both of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and of the City of London.  Her work is featured in a number of major collections.

    Susan is the showcased jeweller in our Summer Exhibition and launched her exhibition with a talk on her ‘Creative Journey’ over her career working in contemporary jewellery.

    It was a fascinating glimpse in to the life of a Jeweller; seeing how her career has developed and the projects she has worked on since leaving college 30 years ago.  The underlying tone of her work is her inspiration from her travels, but also her love of texture and wire construction, which can be seen in many of her pieces. 


    As well as teaching 4 days a week at the Edinburgh College of Art, Susan finds time to travel all over the world, either independently or with the college taking inspiration from where ever she goes.  This has included Finland, India, Switzerland, South Korea and Kyoto in Japan, where she has been influenced by the culture and people of these countries as well as costume, architecture, plants, foods and basket weaving.  The inspiration Susan gets from all of these places is evident in her work as it has developed over the years.  From intricate wire work, to beautifully rolled gold sequins her pieces show her love of textiles, experimenting with different materials, techniques and processes. 

    She ended her talk with the phrase “the more you learn the more you want to develop” and told us she doesn’t know what is next or what she will develop in the future, but we are delighted to have some of her stunning pieces with us over the summer and can’t wait to see what she achieves next in her wonderful career.

    Susan’s work is now on display in our showroom, with some pieces available to buy.