Enamelist/Metalsmith Teaches Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and Jewelry Classes in South Florida

Susan LewisSusan J. Lewis has been an enamelist and metalsmith for over thirty years. She has worked in her own studio in Ft. Lauderdale since 1986. In the 1990's, her specialty was Custom Cloisonné Antique Boat Portraits. She began making them for antique boat connoisseurs. Susan’s cloisonné work has been exhibited in museums and galleries .

Susan has been inspiring students all over South Florida for 19 years and has taught metalsmithing, enameling and PMC classes for the Boca Raton Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood Art and Cultural Center, and Bass Museum Art School. She was privileged to design the Jewelry Studio and the Jewelry Program for the Boca Raton Museum of Art School in 2001. After 15 years of teaching there, Susan retired and opened Metalmorphosis Studio, where she has weekly classes and hosts Master Workshops.

Thirteen years ago, Susan began working with Precious Metal Clay (PMC). At her urging in 1998, weekly classes in metal clay were scheduled at Boca Raton Museum of Art School. It became one of the first continuous metal clay classes in the U.S. running from 1998 to 2006. The Miracle Metal PMC class was one of the most popular in the school. She was certified in 1999 in Tim McCreight’s first certification class. (See story inStudio PMC, Winter 2003, Vol. 6 No. 4) In 2001, Susan began teaching "Miracle Metal PMC" workshops annually for the Bead Expo and continues for Interweave Bead Fest .

In 2010, Interweave Press published two DVD's with Susan...Metalwork: Exploring Metal Clay Basics and Metalwork: Exploring Metal Clay Hollow Forms. Additionally, her metal clay work has been published in the New Directions in Metal Clay (hard cover), Fiberwire Beads & Jewelry, Lapidary Journal, Studio PMC, and is included in the PMC Guild CD Exhibition Precious Metal Clay—A Decade Of Serious Fun.

In the beginning…Susan’s fine craft education began at Penland School of Crafts in NC, after which she earned her degree from Kent State University, Kent, OH, in Enameling and Design under Professor James M. Someroski. She continued her education at the University of Akron, OH, the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and in workshops with many notable instructors.

She is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmith’s, Florida Society Of Goldsmiths, Society of American Silversmiths and the PMC Guild.

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