"Jeweller Susan May uses forging techniques to create three-dimensional drawings. The process of forging helps create the energy and movement of the final form. The dynamic structures beautifully enhance the moving body."
After graduating from Middlesex University in 1976, Susan was employed on the Goldsmiths' Company's Graduate Apprenticeship scheme for a year, working for a large manufacturing jewellery company in London's Hatton Garden. In 1977 she was awarded a New Craftsman grant by the Crafts Council, and set up a workshop in Clerkenwell. Her work has since been exhibited and collected widely, both in Britain and abroad.
In the mid-1980s Susan's interest in the manipulation of metal led her to explore blacksmithing techniques. With help from leading blacksmith Richard Quinnell, and working at his forge in Leatherhead, she created a collection of large-scale sculptures and objects in steel.