Zuzana's path began in Prague, Czech Republic. She grew up in one of the most ancient cities of Europe, surrounded by centuries of art and architecture, the old and manmade amazing her at every step. In her adult life, she found her home in the Pacific Northwest, immersing herself in the rugged beauty of the outdoors and the unrestrained imagination of nature. Both of these contrasting surroundings influence her creative vision on a deep level, playing a major role in her design process. The organic, feminine, understated beauty of nature blends together with the industrial, masculine and manmade in the jewelry Zuzana creates.
Art has always been a big part of Zuzana's life. She has been drawing and painting for as long as she remembers, but jewelry making is a newly discovered passion. Her husband discovered it for her when he finally gave up the search for the perfect piece of jewelry to gift to Zuzana on her birthday. Instead, he gave her a set of jewelry tools with some silver wire to make her own. This opened a whole new world of creative outlet and found herself enthralled in the puzzle of manipulating metal and stone. Zuzana started creating jewelry that she would want to wear, and soon realized that she was not the only one wanting to wear it… that is how ZuzKo jewelry was born.