Thursday, March 3, 2011

Spotlight on QuercusSilver

Su Trindle, the jeweler behind QuercusSilver lives and works in the World Heritage City of Bath, in the west of England. She describes it as a very beautiful and lively Georgian city, where her husband grew up and where they have made their home after many years of living and working abroad.

I love Su's resin rings!

Su admits to always having wanted to be a jeweler but it wasn’t until her boys were settled in school that she was able to go back to school herself and study the art and craft of silversmithing and jewelry design. She has always enjoyed using alternative materials in her work, such as resin, leather and fabric, appreciating their technical challenges and loving the color they bring to her work.

working with leather

Su’s etsy store QuercusSilver is one way she markets her work. At home in England she does several good craft fairs each year which gets her out of the studio and in front of buyers where she can get valuable feedback so important for studio artists working away in isolation. She does Open Studio events and sells in galleries. She was also involved in setting up Bath’s first Pop-up Gallery in 2010 and is in the process of joining the local Arts Trail.
Phew, there must be more hours in a British day …

Some of Su’s favorite online marketing tools:
“Online, I think my marketing is all about colour and image. My first and most successful marketing tool was
flickr, I make bold, sculptural jewellery which photographs well. Flickr was a good place to make
contact with like minded people.
I have advertised occasionally on
Craftopolis and such sites and I have a Facebook page. It's a constant challenge to maintain visibility online. My latest favourite is Tumblr, which is all about images and impact.”

                                             lucious greens

Su admits that with her, “Jewellery is Life”. But she does come up for air on occasion and likes to visit art museums and galleries for the inspiration they provide and to generally unwind. Their new collie puppy Jess, gets Su out for long walks over the Somerset hills, which when I close my eyes conjures up a scene out of a BBC mini series.

                                               More of Su's modern sensibility

And if she couldn’t be a jeweler, what other work would she like to do?
“Oh, that's easy I'd love to be a textile designer, all that colour and texture, who could resist?”

You can visit Su at


  1. love this post! what i most like about her work is that she is always coming up with new designs. it is always exciting to see what new listing is in her shop!

  2. Loved this interview! Su´s work is so beautiful!!!

  3. Utterly delicious, that's Su's work and this interview.
    Thanks so much, Betsy.

  4. Thank you so much Betsy.
    You've been far too nice :)
    It will go to my head and I shall be even more impossible to live with.

  5. Great interview. Love your work!

  6. Su your work is gorgeous. Loved this insight into your work. Beautifully done!!!

  7. I love everything Su makes! Modern, beautiful...and with such attention to detail.
    SO inspiring!

  8. great interview, I´ve been a fan of Su´s for quite some time, so nice to get to know more about her!

  9. I love your work! I like the clear forms you use! Thank you for sharing this!

  10. So great to learn more about one of our team mates! I love Su's jewellery & Jess sounds like a gorgeous wee pup ;-)

  11. Thanks for the view into your work and life--I love your shop!

  12. Great post Betsy. I have been a fan of Su's beautiful work for a while. It is quite unique and the colours are stunning. I can imagine it is really difficult to come up with new and innovative designs in jewellery, but Su has managed to pull it off :-)

  13. Su's work is so lovely and unique! Thank you for sharing this terrific interview! ~Debbie

  14. it's great to know more about Su! and her work is so varied and exciting and always looks so beautiful! I think there must be more hours in the day down in England :)

  15. Great interview with so many wonderful pictures of Su's fabulous jewelry! Thanks Betsy -- this is a great feature! I look forward to reading about other team members!

  16. i am in awe of this delicious work, the wide array of her series and yet the core of her work is clear. what an excellent interview - thank you betsy and su!

  17. Bravo!
    I've been putting her fab work in my Ts for months and am just now seeing the artist behind the work.

    That is so satisfying!

    feels like a family of artisans to me : )

  18. what a great interview...i really got to see su behind su's work! su's artistry is magnificent!

  19. I am in love with Su's work, which I discovered thru this team. Great interview and beautiful designs!

    colorpetry and brushwithimagination on Etsy

  20. Love this interview and Su's work.

  21. I love your work, Su! Fantastic interview!

  22. What a marvelous story. You are so inspiring. I love your use of color. I applaud your for being so busy.