|1962||Born in Munich|
|1981–1994||Trained as a goldsmith at the State Vocational Academy in Kaufbeuren-Neugablonz|
|1991||Obtained her master goldsmith’s certificate in Munich|
|Since 1995||Has been working freelance in her own atelier in Gräfelfing|
|2005–2008||Trained under Erico Nagai and Giovanni Corvaja at the Academy of Design in Munich|
Susanne Elstner uses charcoal as a metaphor for how everyday vices can be transmuted into valuable characteristics. By helping to build the charcoal piles, she obtains a very special kind of charcoal that clearly shows the bark and the annual rings. Using a special process serves to stabilize the charcoal, and ensures that it won’t cause any discoloration. Susanne Elstner usually sets this intriguing natural material in silver, and sometimes complements it with geometrical elements. Another aspect of her signature style is her use of ultra-fine gold and silver wire, which she shapes into filigreed forms that look velvety-soft and smooth yet are extremely sturdy. Evoking associations with creatures from the plant and animal worlds, these creations beguile their beholders into touching them – waiting to be stroked.