Susan Horth

Susan Horth

Intricate beaded creatures & jewels inspired by the preciousness of wild things

Biography

Green wild places, the sea and the creatures that inhabit them are the most precious things we have. I try to celebrate this wonderful diversity in the things I make.

Susan Horth is an artist and maker creating intricate beaded sculptures and wearable works of wildlife. Tooled with pliers Susan constructs an armature of wire and builds layers of textures and stitching - adding glazed papers, metal foils, beads, pearls and semi precious stones. Her work captures moments in nature with extraordinary craftsmanship and skill.

Achieving a BA 1st Class Honours in 3D Design - Silver & Metal, in the 80s Susan's pleated jewellery collections were applauded by the fashion world. Despite this success, she was compelled to pursue her true passion and began making representational works from nature in the 90s. By 2006 Susan had won Gold at Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards and was commended by Goldsmiths’ again the next year. Her creatures have been sold in Milan, Tokyo & New York. Today Susan mainly works to commission and sells through boutique galleries and luxury stores such as Liberty London and Bergdorf Goodman, New York.

jewellery non precious

Susan has a lifelong passion for wildlife and strong convictions about protecting our natural environment. Her mixed media jewels and brooches represent animals, insects and flowers.

fashion and accessories

Susan creates headpieces and other accessories in her signature beaded style. She says: "Every creature has its own beauty, some appear ugly at first glance but on closer observation appear wonderful in design."

site specific and art led

Susan's wildlife works are also inspired by the Enlightenment and cabinets of curiosities. Her collection features standing sculptures, including miniature beaded works.

jewellery precious

Susan has created a new sculptural collection of jewellery inspired by the exquisite movement of Siamese fighting fish. Cast in silver using the ancient 'lost wax' technique.