The Artist of the Month is a way for us to celebrate and highlight the talent from the local artists who sell work with us, by shining a spotlight on a different creative artist each month.
Susan Reynolds is from Petersburg, VA and moved to Raleigh in 1996, a week ahead of Hurricane Fran. She has been making jewelry for over 20 years. Reynolds was formerly a preschool teacher until a friend took her to a bead shop and she was hooked. She took as many classes as she could fit in between teaching and her own 3 children. Soldering with lead free solder gave her the ability to use a wide variety of found objects, semi-precious stones and vintage glass. Her work has been described as whimsical and darkly romantic. An article was published on Reynolds' cicada wing jewelry in the New York Times on July 4, 2021. She never runs out of cicadas and has devoted friends, neighbors and her mail carrier who are always on the lookout. Reynolds' developed the method of creating the wings for jewelry after experimenting with several ideas.