Hiromi Suter was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. Her father is an award winning traditional handmade sweet maker in the country.
She grew up watching the process of the candy making everyday. It might have been an influence from her father’s work, she has been interested in hand made details since she was a child. She has always been a keen crafter, however, that did not make her go to art school. She did not think this was a study for her to pursue or that she had exceptional skill for art. After graduating from college studying literature and language, she moved to England in 1990. There, she was quickly attracted by European architecture and design through the ages. She started decorating furnitures and her house during her spare time while her three children were very young.
In 2007, she took a couple of classes in jewelry making at the DeCordova Museum year after her arrival in Boston, Massachusetts with her family. She quickly found an outlet to express herself. Within a few years, one of her works appeared on the cover story of the “Art Jewelry Magazine”.
Next several years, as she juggled with her three children and her health problems, it became difficult to concentrate on her art. Then, her very close friend from college passed away in 2017. While in the sorrow of her loss, a butterfly came along in her garden and stayed with her a long time. That was a wake up call for her to return to her creations properly again. In 2018, "Butterflies in the Garden” was born with the help of her spirit.
Her passion for envisioning new and innovative designs is never ending and transforming them into finished pieces has become her way of expressing the pleasure and wonder that art brings into our lives.
I am particularly inspired by the influence of art on architecture and design through the ages and across cultures. Nature is also fascinating objects for me. I enjoy employing patterns from bygone eras and hand-cutting with a jeweler’s saw to bring light through. I find it fascinating to make pieces that are three-dimensional so the whole shape creates mysterious yet elegant shadows. My designs are a marriage of neoclassical flourish and subtle feminine beauty, sometimes subconsciously reflecting my native Japanese culture.