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I have a innate love of ancient objects and a deep curiosity to understand the process of how they were made.
Using ancient techniques, fine materials and a love of history; juicy gems and rich colors dominate my designs.I became fascinated to the point of obsession with the Etruscan process of Granulation, a process that involves tiny spheres formed under heat through colloidal adhesion, precisely placed on a prepared surface of the same material then fused with a torch. Granulation is a very time consuming process. The creation of unique pieces in precious metals is my passion!


Susan McDonough is a goldsmith specializing in the ancient technique of granulation. Raised in Asheville, NC (AHS alumni - GO COUGARS!) and classically educated with a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies in NM; Susan has spent 18 years on an island in Maine melting things and obsessing over stones. Now back in the beautiful mountains of NC she is still melting things and obsessing over stones.

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