Susan Barth's fascination with three dimensional art and ornament was always there as a child. In her early years she studied sculpture and then decided to take an intensive six month course in jewelry making where she first learned about the Lost Wax Process, a technique where your design is sculpted into a block of wax and is then cast into metal. Considering her background in sculpture it turned out to be her ideal craft medium. She then apprenticed for five years at a jewelry firm in New York City, after which she went to work for Barry Kieselstein-Cord, a well known jewelry designer and stayed for six years working on the creation of new collections. It was at the end of this time, that she switched back to freelancing once again, which allowed her the time and flexibility to begin the development of her own work. A few years later Susan launched her collection at the ACC Baltimore Craft Show. It was here, at her first show, that she was awarded the 1998 Award of Excellence for Jewelry by the American Craft Council. The award recipients were selected by Jack Lenor Larsen, internationally known textile designer, author, and collector.
“In art and in nature it is always the simplest of forms that inspire me. Be it the subtlety of an architectural detail or the perfect symmetry found in the arrangement of petals before a flower fully blossoms. It's in this simplicity that the essence of something gets communicated which, in turn, sparks a deep emotional response in me. I set myself this challenge in my own work: to communicate deeply through grace and simplicity.”
Susan's work has been described as subtle, understated and elegant which was always her intention. “My pieces are designed to be just one element in the visual story a person tells about themselves as they present their uniqueness and individuality.”