Flatwearable Artisan Jewelry was created in early 2013. We incorporated in October 2013 and are now known as Flatwearable Artisan Jewelry Inc.
Please meet our team below. We look forward to working with you!
Suzanne is President of Flatwearable Artisan Jewelry Inc.
She has been a hairstylist for 30 years. She gave it up entirely when she opened the silverware jewelry retail store in West Seneca, NY.
She has always had a creative side, along with an entrepreneurs spirit.
A dear friend was telling her about spoon bracelets and once she saw what they were, she knew she had to make some. Her intention was to only make some for personal use and some for friends and family. She found the bending of the flatware to be quite difficult, especially since she deals with arthritis. She researched long hours to try and find a solution and an easier way. She showed her father, John, a picture of a tool she found on the internet and asked if he would make her one. He did, but it didn't work at all on stainless steel (her first attempts at making bracelets) and it performed very poorly on silver plate.
When John came up with the winning design, she was hooked! Suzanne was bending every spoon and fork she could get her hands on. Before long she had transformed part of her home office into a jewelry studio. Her jewelry designs have been very popular and the birth of a new business began.
Being an entrepreneur, Suzanne could see the potential in John's spoon bender. They talked about selling a few online to see what would happen. Much to the amazement and delight of both John and Suzanne, the bender was a HUGE hit! They have sold all over the US and several other countries.
The bender business outgrew her home office/studio and in April 2014 she moved the business. The internet sales and retail jewelry sales are now located at 12 Michael Rd. in West Seneca, NY.
Suzanne is 48 and lives in Buffalo, NY with her boyfriend Rick and their 2 cats, Ludwig (Tubby) and Bun E Rabbit. She is the mother of 2 grown children.
Rick is the Vice President of Flatwearable Artisan Jewelry Inc.
He worked in the bowling industry for over 30 years. He did everything from mechanic to manger and owner. He's also an accomplished drummer and has played with numerous bands in the Buffalo area.
Rick is an intregal part of Flatwearable Artisan Jewelry. He works alongside Suzanne running the retail store and internet business. He also creates the silverware windchimes, Rock & Roll album clocks and classic car photos they sell in the store.
John is the inventor of the Flatwearable Spoon Bracelet & Ring Bender.
John is an electronics engineer by trade and worked for GE until he retired. He became an avid woodworker in his retired years. He was known for his hand crafted woodworking safety tools which were sold online. Health issues over the past number of years had taken away much of his energy and desire to create.
When his daughter, Suzanne enlisted his help with the difficult task of bending flatware for making bracelets, John took on the task with enthusiasm. He worked on a current idea, but the product came up short on several levels. Never discouraged, he continued to work on it. He showed it to Suzanne one day and her thoughts were that this odd looking jig would never work. John demonstrated it for her and she was amazed beyond words! It not only worked, it was PERFECT!
Perfect is a relative term for John. He believes there is always room for improvement. During the time he's been making the bender, it's gone though some design changes and tweeks. John continues to learn new things about the bender on a regular basis. He's also developed more efficient ways of building it... all the way to our 4G bender.
John couldn't keep up with the orders, so in November 2013 the bender manufacturing was taken over by a family company which is located in Syracuse, NY.
John is 83 and lives with his loving wife, Marilyn in the Southern Tier region of NYS. He is the father of 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
Flatwearable Artisan Jewelry Inc.
12 Michael Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224
Mon-Fri 10 am - 6 pm EST
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm EST
Our NEW retail store and studio are NOW OPEN! We are located at 12 Michael Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224. In the Pappas plaza. Studio instruction is by appointment only.