Susan Cohn

Waste Not Want Not: paper #3
, 2008
Paper, 375 white gold, doughnut, silk cord
Dimensions variable Click to enlarge



Born Sydney, Australia 1952

Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia


Susan Cohn is an artist and designer of jewellery and metalwork. She creates her work through Workshop 3000, the studio she founded in 1980. Cohn brings a conceptual approach to her work together with an interest in contemporary culture and technology.

Cohn has a long-standing practice working across the art-craft-design divide. Her research based and collaborative process has included working with mathematicians, aerospace engineers and scientists to channel new technologies into her designs.

Her work was the subject of a major retrospective, ‘Technocraft: The Work of Susan Cohn 1980-2000’, organized by the National Gallery of Australia.





Susan Cohn

Boring, very boring

Susan Cohn

UNcommon moments

Susan Cohn

second thoughts

Susan Cohn

1 protest / 1 object
, Carriageworks

Recent Works

Susan Cohn

Boring Beige
, 2017
HIPS plastic doughnuts, plinth, perspex
49 doughnuts, 3.4 x 13.3 cm diameter (each), plinth: 151 x 50 x 50 cm
Edition of 2

Susan Cohn

My boring collection
, 2017
Mixed media
20 parts, dimensions variable

Susan Cohn

Your Secret Is Safe With Me
, 2015
Gold toe tag, ebony box, pine casket, digital video projection
(Filmmaker: Keira Leike, Sound: Peter Caneil)
Toe Tag: 750 yellow gold, 375 pink gold, silk ribbon: 7.5 x 3.5 x 0.03 cm, Ebony Box: 375 pink gold, magnets: 20 x 6.5 x 2 cm, Pine casket: linen, rope, plastic crates: 200 x 58 x 66.5 cm, Digital video projection: 2 minutes 44 seconds

Susan Cohn

, 2015
9 toe tags, Huon Pine Box, steel pipe, aluminium stand, digital video
(Filmmaker: Keira Leike)

60 x 22 x 7 cm, Digital video: 1 minute

Susan Cohn

, 2015
9 Styx, Steel mesh display, Ebony, Huon Pine, 375 pink gold, fine silver, linen cord, 8GB USB
Long: 1.2 x 0.9 x 18.5 cm, medium: 1.2 x 0.9 x 11 cm, short: 1.2 x 0.9 x 4.8 cm


Susan Cohn

Techno Craft
, 2000
National Gallery of Australia


Susan Cohn: Artists own up to being boring in a brave show of self-deprecation

From The Saturday Age, 18 August 2017
by Ray Edgar. Photography: Joe Armao.

Jeweller Susan Cohn decided to have some fun with her critics. Susan Cohn leans in close, imitating the conspiratorial chatter among critics of her work. “That Susan Cohn makes donuts,” she says in an emphatic stage whisper. “It’s a bit boring.” The successful jewellery designer hears the epithet all the time. Not just directed at […]