Susie Ganch

The very same jewellery we use to beautify ourselves is responsible for some of the worst environmental degradation, mercury poisoning and war, to name a few. By under-firing enamel to the point where it might lose granules when worn (enamel causes respiratory illness when inhaled in large quantities), I am symbolically passing on some of these dangers to the wearer. Although it is impossible for real harm to come to anyone, my goal is to suggest danger.

The series also investigates material value and the subjectivity of desire. By coupling black ‘charcoal’ soot balls with diamonds, I am making a comparison between the hardest, most prized substance on earth, and a residue of little worth both made with essentially the same material, carbon. Also, gold leaf will wear away with time both losing its shiny lustrous appeal and revealing the brooches’ real surfaces. In the end, the wearer will have to decide what is beautiful: what remains or what was taken away. Beneath the skin of gold is a simple ball of soot.

  California College of Art, Oakland, CA
2003  Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, San Francisco, CA
1997,98 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
1997  M.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
1994  B.S., Geology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
1990-91  Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

Selected Awards
 VCU School of the Arts Faculty Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching
2010  USA Fellowship Award Nominee
2008  Commonwealth of Virginia Commission for the Arts 2009 Fellowship in Crafts, Richmond, VA
Teresa Pollock Award for Fine Art, Richmond VA
Educator of the Year Niche Award, sponsored by the Rosen Group, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Exhibitions
 Surface and Substance – International contemporary enamel jewellery. Contemporary Applied Arts, London, England
Electrum Gallery, London, England
Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales
2009-11  Garage Pin Project, Invitational, (published catalogue)
Touring show.
2008  Japan Jewelry Art Competition 2008, Juried Invitational (published catalogue). Touring show.      
2011  Artists For Penland, Invitational
Patina Gallery/Penland School of Craft, in conjunction with SOFA West, Santa Fe, NM
2010  Susie Ganch, Solo Invitational , 211 Gallery, University of Wyoming-Laramie, WY
Susie Ganch New Work, Solo Invitational
Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Bits and Pieces, Solo Invitational
Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Brooching the Subject, Invitational, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
2009-10  Soul’s Journey, Invitational (Documentary to be released),
Traveled to the following sites:
Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Hendersonville, NC
Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum, NC
Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC
Troy Pike Cultural Arts Center, Troy, AL
2009  Re-Action, Invitational, Gail Brown Curator, (published catalogue)
Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
SOFA Chicago, represented by Sienna Gallery
Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Enameled Objects, Invitational
Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Stimulus, Invitational
Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA
Faculty Exhibition, Invitational, in conjunction with course at Arrowmont School

  Social Skin, Invitational, (published catalogue)
Anderson Gallery, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
2009  Whim-Wham, Invitational Studio 4903, Washington, DC
Faculty Exhibition, Invitational in conjunction with course at Penland School of Crafts, Penland Gallery, NC
2008  Sparkle Plenty IV, Invitational, Bob Ebendorf Curator, (published catalogue)
Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA

Asheville Art Museum, Ashville, NC
Artemis Gallery, Richmond, VA
Loraine Hilleman, Philadelphia, PA
Lois Boardman, Los Angeles, CA
Glen and Florence Hardymon, Charlotte, NC
Fred Fenster, Sun Prairie, WI

Selected Publications
Mann, Thomas. “Broaching the Subject” Art Jewelry Forum, July 9, 2010  
Estel Berman, Harriete. “Copycat, Copyright, or Coincidence, Maker Beware” Metalsmith  Magazine, volume 30, number 1, 2010 pp. 22
Patterson, Kara. “Works of Appleton native on display at UWO” Post Crescent, Sunday,  February 14, 2010,  Section C, pp. 8
Jow, Tiffany. “Show Girls!” DC Magazine, Jan/Feb 2009, pp. 30
Kollatz Jr., Harry. “Making Metal Magic” Richmond Magazine, October 2008, pp. 68
Martin, Cade. “Cool Modern” Virginia Living Magazine, February, 2009, pp. 80
“Craft for Craft Sake” Brockton Post, Monday, March 2, 2009
Dobbs Ariail, Kate. “Susie Ganch: Pushing Boundaries” Metalsmith Magazine, volume 28,  number 3, 2008, pp. 20-27
Ernshaw, Rory, photography, Feinman, Esther, styling. “Big Bangle Theory” San Francisco  Chronicle, September 2008, pp. 14
Walter Davis, Brandon. “She Wares It Well” Bell Magazine, Aug./Sept. 2008, pp. 21
Patterson, Claire. “Discover the Best and the Brightest!” Niche Magazine, spring 2008, pp. 81
Dobbs Ariail, Kate. “C. James Meyer” Metalsmith Magazine, volume 28 number 2, 2007,  pp.49
Marconyak, Megan. “Quirky Finds” Richmond Magazine, May 2007, pp. 45-47
Ramljak, Susan, ed. “Exhibition in Print 2006” Metalsmith Magazine, volume 26, number 4,  2006, pp. 22
Warner, Sarah. “Bizarre Bling” Style Weekly, December 20. 2006, pp. 33




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