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Guild Member Spotlight Sue Wainwright A Lifetime of Silver Craftmanship

In 1971, after being captivated by the masterpieces of Georg Jensen during a trip to Copenhagen, Sue Wainwright embarked on what would become a remarkable journey in crafting silver jewelry. Over fifty years later, this passion remains vibrant alongside her successful architectural career. Despite her extensive experience, Sue continues to see herself as an eternal student of the craft, always eager to learn and explore new technique.

Sue finds inspiration in unique beads or gemstones, which often lay the foundation for her designs. As she works on one piece, the concept for the next is already forming in her mind. About a decade ago, Sue discovered Argentium silver and was drawn to its low tarnish properties and resistance to firestain, which are essential for her intricate pieces that require multiple soldering stages.

While Argentium is a favourite, Sue still uses Sterling silver to take advantage of its diverse range of chains, findings, and tubes—critical for her multi-layered designs that incorporate tube spacers and rivets. She is encouraged by the growing variety of Argentium components available, as she continues to innovate and inspire with her stunning silver creations.

*Photographs by Juliet Sheath

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