OSWEGO, NY – Sue Nix, of Oswego, is Lakeside Artisans’ featured artist for the month of June.
A friend encouraged Sue to join her in taking a class in Precious Metal Clay a few years ago. PMC is sterling, gold or other precious metal that has been mixed with other substances to make it into a workable clay.
The clay is fired, the impurities burn off, and the artist is left with sterling or fine silver (or gold).
Sue was immediately hooked and has been creating beautiful unique pieces of jewelry, many inspired by nature, ever since.
She has taken several classes over the years, learning new techniques and often experimenting with her own ideas.
PMC is a relatively new medium in the art world so often, questions are answered by just using the clay and accepting the results.
Sue enjoys this aspect of creating with PMC.
She will be demonstrating some of the techniques used with PMC on June 13 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St.
Sue is married to Ron Nix and the couple collectively has four adult children. Sue taught elementary school in Oswego (Fitzhugh Park) for 33 years and was known to many students as the “Science Lady.”
She believes that creativity exists in everyone and that it is what we use to solve all of life’s problems.
As a child, she was very interested in music and as a teen, she sewed her own clothes and sewed for others to earn money.
Creativity was a primary tool in her teaching years.
With her creations piling up at home, Sue joined Lakeside Artisans in July 2012, not only to sell her jewelry, but to meet and network with other artists.
She enjoys interacting with customers at the store and learning about the mediums used by her colleagues.
Sue has recently begun exploring polymer clay and using it with PMC, and plans to offer some classes in polymer clay at Lakeside Artisans starting later this summer.