Susan Bowinkelmann has a long history in the arts which began at the age of ten with art classes at the Hamilton Art Gallery. Starting in 1973 she has taken one to three courses a year in the Visual Arts Program, Mohawk College where she earned a number of Visual Arts Certificate. Susan has also taken workshops with noted potters, painters, sculptors and jewelry designers. These courses started with Susan and her mother studying pottery, then Susan moved away from the wheel to large hand built sculpture. She won best in show from the Dundas Pottery Guild.
In 1989, Susan took out a number of years to travel, visiting museums and galleries and artist communes in many parts of the world. Along the way, she accumulated a portfolio of jewelry designs and products that she would use later on. Her next foray was in acrylic painting where her paintings were shown in the Hamilton City Hall Show as well as the Hamilton Art Gallery where she won an honorable mention.
But her love of jewelry and design took over. She began taking Silversmithing courses at Mohawk College. She had early success with her strong design sense in silver and later on, added amber, semi-precious stones, textiles and natural elements. A Mother’s Day gift from her daughter Erynn of three 5’ X ¼” stainless tubing forever changed her direction in jewelry design. She has sold her work through Arts Hamilton, The Pearl Company and local festivals, and has been an Artist Member at The Carnegy Gallery since 2004. Susan has demonstrated jewelry construction for Mohawk College, to promote the Silversmithing Program in Continuing Education including the Ancaster Gem and Mineral Show and the Paris Gem and Mineral Show. She was accepted into the Juried Ontario Designer Craft Show twice. She was also on the Advisory Committee for Arts Hamilton.
Susan began teaching a workshop in bead knotting at Mohawk College and she developed and is delivering a credit course in Jewellery – Construction in the Visual Arts Program at Mohawk College.