susan west’s journey into becoming a master goldsmith began with a single family photograph. her father designed and manufactured machinery for the textile industry in burlington, north carolina. while susan was at north carolina state university, her father shared a picture of her great-great grandfather amongst blacksmithing and farrier machinery. it was then that the light bulb went off, and susan realized that her future was destined to be what was in her blood: at the juxtaposition of art and metal.
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