Silversmith Suzanne is a Woman of Many Talents

Suzanne Clark is a woman of many talents, including being a silversmith who produces lovely work. She and her husband moved to Haverfordwest from Southampton, choosing Pembrokeshire for a new start because of family links to Pembroke Dock where her father grew up.

She says: “His father, my grandfather, was an apprentice and trained to be a boilermaker at the Royal Dockyard, my grandmother came from Pembroke. When the dockyard closed, the whole family moved to Kent and my grandfather worked at the Royal Dockyard in Sheerness. My great-grandfather was a shipwright in Pembroke Dock and my great-great-grandfather was a waterman in Milford Haven.”

 

She adds: “My father was a diplomat and travelled the world for his career. He met my mother in Karachi, Pakistan, while they were both working there, and as a family we travelled together. Whenever we could, we would visit Pembrokeshire and Dad would share all his childhood haunts and adventures. He was living in Pembroke during the Second World War with my other great-grandfather and my great-aunt and he had some great stories about when the refinery was bombed.

She has some precious memories of her time in Pembrokeshire as a child.

“I can remember paddling in the sea there when I was four years old and watching the anemones in the rock pools. The marine life here inspired me to do oceanography as my first degree and then I did a PhD in marine biology up in St Andrews.”

Suzanne still enjoys walking on the coastal path, especially around St Brides Bay. Her favourite beach is Freshwater East

When not making beautiful things out of silver, Suzanne really enjoys gardening: “There is always something that needs doing.”

She is also curious about her house and its history. “I want to know something about all the people who lived here, so I spend quite a lot of time up at the archives and I am learning Welsh, which is quite a challenge.”

She also volunteers at the Old Mill Charity Shop in Haverfordwest.

And as if that wasn’t enough to occupy a number of folks, Suzanne is also an holistic therapist. “I do aromatherapy massage – I have my own range of creams – Indian head massage, Hawaiian massage (lomi lomi), and I teach reiki.”

So Suzanne is a very busy woman but she still has time to make and sell her silverwork.

“I got into silversmithing almost by accident, “she explains. “I went with a friend to a Saturday workshop run by a local sixth-form and over time I gradually started doing more. Then I did a weekly evening class as well as more in-depth workshops to learn more techniques and I have just kept going from there.”

What inspires her?

“All sorts of things – landscapes, gardens, architecture. Raindrops falling in a puddle. Sometimes the gems themselves or the metal I’m thinking of using, or the challenge of learning a new technique.”

Where does she sell herr work?

“I have a shelf at the Fishguard Artisans shop in West Street, Fishguard. It’s a cooperative of Pembrokeshire artists and crafters. I also sell at local craft fairs and I’m a member of the Pembrokeshire Craft Makers. I post on Facebook and I plan to have a website but I seem to always manage to sell things before I’ve photographed them.’

Does she offer workshops?

She says that at the moment she works from her kitchen so it’s not possible. “However, we do now have planning permission to rebuild the crumbling ruin that will become my workshop – so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”

suzanne@ashkeys.com

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Kitty Parsons

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