Tuesday, January 6, 2015

About the Artist: SToNZ - organically elegant silver jewelry inspired by nature

Susan has been making art as long as she can remember. She is grateful to have grown up with arts loving parents who encouraged my artistic exploration from a young age. Fortunately her awesome husband also appreciates and supports her artistic pursuits.
Her creative passions led her to art school where she earned a BFA in graphic design and illustration.
She worked as a professional illustrator at American Greetings for almost a decade and continued to do design work for a variety of clients from her home-based graphic design studio (SmARTwork Studio, Inc.) while raising her identical twin daughters.

professional greeting card illustrator in the 1980's

Spending all that time on the computer, made her really miss the hands-on act of actually MAKING things. So, she revisted her passion for metal and stone.

As a child she spent most of her summers at the beach. The sea glass and beach stones she collected over the years were filling bowls throughout her studio and home.
collecting beach stones in Maine, circa 1970

Then she realized she could creatively combine her two passions: making beautiful jewelry and beach combing for natural treasures. (Oh, and foraging at garage sales and flea markets for old keys, tokens and old sterling silver jewelry parts.) The result is SToNZ.
if she can't be at the beach, she might as well be at the bench
one way to make use of an old mission oak desk

She found a perfect home on Etsy and love how it has enabled her to connect with many wonderful people around the world - both customers and fellow artists.

She has recently added a vintage section to her shop.... This will be growing, so check back often for new and unusual finds from her garage sale adventures.

• Click here to visit the SToNZ store: http://www.stonz.etsy.com
• Visit the stonzblog: http://beachstonz.blogspot.com/
• On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stonzjewelry
• On Instagram: http://instagram.com/stonzcle


  1. Thank you for the lovely feature!

  2. Wonderful feature!! A great story and beautiful work!!

  3. So nice to see you at work Susan , Love your bold jewelry and most the ones with the sea glass