FIDM Faculty: Sue Ann Dorman

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Sue Ann Dorman

Jewelry Design

After getting her Master’s in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Sue Ann Dorman started her own company in 1975, specializing in sculptural pieces that straddle the line between art and jewelry. Her work has been exhibited all over the U.S. and Japan, featured in the book Craft in America and sold at top galleries. Expert at unusual combinations of materials (like concrete, diamonds, and recycled glass) and computer assisted design and manufacturing, Dorman has been teaching Wax Working, Creative Design, CAD/CAM, and Metalsmithing at FIDM since 2009. She is a contributor to academic journals on the CAD/CAM process.

Can you describe a favorite class project?
In the CAD/CAM class, students virtually design a suite of jewelry showing the pieces with and without the stones. They even virtually set the stones.

What do you enjoy most about teaching at FIDM?
I enjoy teaching students who want to go into the jewelry trade, and then watching them go into the business after they graduate. Also, I love that the classes are small enough that I can teach one-on-one.

Sue Ann Dorman is an Outstanding Faculty Award Winner, an award given by the student body to outstanding faculty members.

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