Meet the artisan - Susan O'Brien (SMO)

I am a metalsmith, photographer, nature lover and world traveler. Together with my best friend (who also happens to be my husband), we are slowly checking off destinations and adventures from our "world-travels-bucket-list". The exotic places and cultures that we've experienced have greatly contributed to my inspiration for designs. You will find that my pieces range from minimalist, sleek and modern to ancient, earthy and organic designs.

I am primarily a self-taught metalsmith and have been honing my skills and my creative vision for many years. I have taken several classes here and there ... my favorite being with master metalsmith, Tim McCreight. But for the most part, my learning has come from numerous books and videos and countless hours "playing" with fire and metal utilizing both traditional and contemporary metalsmithing techniques.

In my "past life", my full time job was that of an administrative assistant but I have ALWAYS felt incredibly drawn to working with my hands and creating things out of metal. I was finally able to leave my cubicle behind and am now indulging my passion for designing and creating one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry pieces full time in my home metalsmithing studio. It is truly a gift to be able to embark on this new life adventure to follow that passion and see where it may lead me!

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