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Soft C Studio


Forest Hill couple Susan and Tim Cukr love the Belle Aire Market. The two, who have been operating their jewelry company, Soft C Studio, since 2012 have been participating since last year.


“It was easy for a first-timer like me. If you do a really big market it can be pretty strenuous. This wasn’t an ordeal. Everyone was so friendly,” Susan says.


The Market speaks to the jewelry-making industry in Harford County, according to the couple.


“There are some wonderful places to sell, like Julie Ellyn Designs [in Bel Air], and some good craft shows. And I’m seeing a great community of artists,” says Susan, 70, who started making jewelry in the late 1980s after being encouraged by her husband. She specializes in wire wrapping, chain mail and beadwork. Pieces range in price from $20 for a pair of earrings to $180 for a fine silver or gold-filled woven bracelet.


Tim, who specializes in silversmithing and woodwork, describes himself as “more of a mechanic and technician.”


“Sue’s a very good designer. She’s very good with colors. When you combine the two together it works real well,” he says.


The two, who have been married for 41 years, moved to Harford County from New Orleans in 2007 to work in the IT department at McCormick.They turned their four-bedroom home into their studio space.


Though Susan laments the scarcity of jewelry-making supplies locally (“Sometimes you want to see the stuff in person,” she says), Harford County has been receptive to her work.


“I know there is a market there,” she says. “I have a couple who are always buying from me. Sales are always good.” Susan Cukr designed and made these pendant. Susan Cukr