Dandelion Visits Roggio
This past summer a few of us had the opportunity to visit Susan and Victor of Roggio jewelry at their home studio in Birchrunville, Pennsylvania. After spending the afternoon seeing their studio and hearing their story I can honestly say, they are just as refreshing and lovely as their jewelry collection.
Susan and Victor were both studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia when they first met. Although Susan was extremely focused on her studies, Victor proved to be a very worthy distraction. The two seemed to click almost immediately and by 1970 Roggio Silversmiths was in business.
Ever since they started creating, the pair has been practicing the art of jewelry making very differently. Susan has a more experimental approach; jumping right into a design, placing scrap pieces together that inspire shape, form, and textures. Whereas Victor likes to map out a strategy to his pieces before diving in. Although they create differently, the two perspectives form a perfect balance between solid construction and organic design.
By mid-afternoon we were given a tour of the entire studio, Victor gave us a demonstration on bracelet construction, and their dog Gracie had become quite fond of Genevieve’s company.
We swapped stories about jewelry, art, our travels (fun fact: Susan and Victor lived in a teepee at one point in their life!), and before we knew it, all of us Dandelion ladies were drinking homemade iced tea and kicking back with two of our favorite artists like we were all old friends! How awesome is that!?
Our visit with Susan, Victor, Maya, and Gracie is one that has kept us motivated, inspired, and even more excited for our Roggio pop up shop! Please join us on November 21st at our Saucon Valley location to meet and greet Victor and Susan, while picking out a few pieces from an extensive and special priced Roggio pop up shop!