Susan Ronan

Susan Ronan Studio

"I think this quote from Katherine Hepburn just about sums it up: "If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased." I create jewelry because it fulfills my need to create. I am a maker. Material exploration resulting in a completed piece is a wonderful journey!"

After a trip to Japan, Susan Ronan became fascinated with the textures and motifs of Asian art, as well as the ornamental use of iron. This aesthetic has influenced her work for the past 15 years, and she creates contemporary jewelry that references these Asian-inspired motifs. Her pieces are simply refined and crafted to survive the test of time.

In Ronan's work, the strength and lightness of iron provide a beautiful contrast to the lush richness of 20k and 18k gold. Ronan uses traditional techniques to fabricate each piece, etching away background areas or hand chasing to create texture and rhythm. She mixes alloys in a crucible with a torch, rolls them into sheets, and then applies them to the surface by fusing.

Susan Ronan received a BS in Interior Design, which provided the design foundation for her distinctive jewelry. Classes and workshops afford her ongoing education and stimulation, while exploration in the studio often subtly influences the work she creates.

Luna Pendant with Sapphires
Steel & Stone Necklace

$ 1,500
Rising Sun Earrings
Gold & Steel Earrings

$ 250
Steel and Hoop Earrings
Gold & Steel Earrings

$ 440
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Small Image Show, San Diego, CA, Gallery 21, 2006, 2009 2010, 2011, 2014
Allied Craftsmen Today, San Diego, CA, Mingei Museum, 2013
La Jolla Festival of the Arts, La Jolla, CA, UCSD Campus, 2013
Noir + OR, San Diego, Taboo Studio, 2016