Suzi has been designing and making Fosse Beads since 2015, initially working from home in the heart of Somerset by the ancient Roman Fosseway, which was the inspiration for the name of the beads.
Suzi is a graphic design & illustration graduate, and had a very successful and rewarding career teaching 11-18 year olds, as the Head of Art of two secondary schools. Hugely inspired by a ceramic glazing course she attended, she is now enjoying the opportunity to explore her own creativity…
Suzi loves working in the creative environment at Black Swan Arts, and her shop Fosse Beads & Friends allows her to engage with visitors and other artists and designers. It is also a great space to discuss ideas and commissions with customers and collectors.
Suzi designs and handmakes every bead, which is decorated and glazed, fired, and finished with a real silver core, and for special editions, a copper or 9ct gold core, stamped with her maker’s mark – FB.
Her beads are small intricate ‘works of art’ made from porcelain – a ceramic material created by firing a specialist clay in a kiln to very high temperatures (typically in excess of 1200 °C). The result is vitrified, hard, tactile, beautiful white beads, which are lovely to handle and wear.
A new Studio Collection has been introduced in the shop, and soon-to-be on this website, with complementary porcelain pendant necklaces and brooches.
It’s all about the details…Suzi pays great attention to the finishing touches and details in her work, which is on display in Fosse Beads & Friends at Black Swan Arts in Frome for visitors to enjoy.