Susan Mahlstedt
Kansas City, MO

 

R/M Studio

There is a joy in hand fabricating with metals. Solving technical challenges in order to create the look and vision I want keeps me constantly intrigued. My current inspirations come from the patterns and textures of sand dollars, shells and water while catching the light. Some of the techniques used to create these textures are stamping with different shapes of steel stamps and carving with burrs and disks. The materials I use are sterling silver, 18k and 14k gold with precious and semi-precious stones as accents. The finishes include depletion gilding (a heating process that makes the silver a white color), oxidizing, satin and polished highlights.  I hope to create jewelry that the wearer finds graceful yet strong, artistic, and comfortable to wear.

 

Winner of the ACE 2017 Show Directors Award

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2021 Jewelry – Fine/Precious Artists

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