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Ms. Susan Cross

Reader, Jewellery & Silversmithing

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Jewellery related topics- contemporary and historical
Drawing/Making process

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts, Middlesex Polytechnic
Insulators - an observation by Susan Cross

Professional Qualifications

Institute of Teaching & Learning (HEA), ILTM (HEA)
BA (Hons) Jewellery


Susan Cross studied at Herefordshire College of Art & Design (1980-82) on a two year General Art & Design Foundation course and gained a distinction. This was followed by a four year degree course at Middlesex Polytechnic (1982 -86) specialising in Jewellery and was awarded a first class honours.

Setting up her first studio in London following college Susan started to parallel her own practise with teaching part time firstly at Crewe & Alsager College of Arts for two years and then for a year at Southwark College of Art. In 1989 Susan re-located to Edinburgh and began teaching part-time at Edinburgh College of Art on the Jewellery & Silversmithing course.

Susan has continued to develop her practise exhibiting her work both nationally and within the international arena. Alongside a demanding exhibition schedule Susan has also been invited to initiate projects and workshops so far in Finland,India and New Zealand. In 1999 she was awarded a travel bursary by the Scottish Arts Council to visit Japan. More recently Susan was invited to South Korea on behalf of ECA to give lectures and run a masterclass at Kookmin University, Seoul.


Public Collections include:


Victoria & Albert Museum

National Museums of Scotland

Crafts Council

Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Alice & Louis Koch Collection, Switzerland

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary


In 1997 Susan was invited to become a freeeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmith's and also the City of London.

Susan most recent notable accolade was to be a joint winner of the prestigeous Jerwood Applied Arts Award for Jewellery in 2007. This award is given by the Jerwood Foundation in recognition of excellence, innovation, commitment and significant contribution to the field of jewellery. Susan's career to date won her this title.

In 2008 Susan was invited to become an Honnorary Fellow of Hereford College of Arts and appointed a readership from ECA in recognition of her continued achievments.

Research outputs

  1. 800 degree +

    Research output: Non-textual formArtefact

  2. Tsukura - Contemporary Jewellery Susan Cross + Mizuko Yamada

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  3. Like A Rolling Stone: Jewellery Project/Exhibition

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Research activities & awards

  1. Schmuck 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

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