Bishop and Company is a family-owned and eco-friendly company dedicated to spreading fine art and compassion since 1997.
Our products are handcrafted in Kingsport, Tennessee using reclaimed materials. Susan Bishop is the designer and lead artisan behind the collection of custom mirrors and furnishings the company offers. Inspired by classic European- and French-style, Bishop and Company combines Old World charm with urban simplicity for eloquent frames that blend effortlessly into traditional, industrial, or contemporary interiors.
Susan has always had a passion for hunting and gathering to find antiques and rare objects of architectural interest. After falling in love with the Trumeau mirror, she mastered the ability to create these timeless pieces of art. It all started with an antique frame from her mother and the determination to have a Trumeau of her very own in her home. Susan’s desire is to share her love of the Trumeau with others who appreciate classic style and beauty. Her art collection consists of a very eclectic style and mixed media. From all oils or all acrylics to a blending of oils, plasters, papers, lace and vintage jewelry, she reaches through temporal limits to fix her interpretation of moments which last a lifetime.
Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Susan started her small business at her home in Kansas City, Kansas, after the last of her four children began school in 1997. She worked with designer Janet Alholm and several other interior design firms before moving to East Tennessee. After re-locating to the Tri-Cities area in 2002, Susan met Holly Scheve, a retired flight attendant, who spent years perusing the antique shops, fairs, and flea markets of Europe. Holly and Susan quickly became fast friends. Through Holly her mirrors and art were presented at the famous Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta, Georgia. This led to being noticed by an accomplished designer of South Carolina and to collaborating with him to create a new line of mirror frames and artwork. After selling at High Point Furniture Market in North Carolina, Susan decided to explore other avenues of creativity, notably watercolor, oil and mixed media beginning in 2005. But the siren call of the Trumeau mirror is too great, and she’s ready to take Bishop and Company to the next level. The concept of Computer-Aided Design and fresco technique is irresistible – to combine modern technology and centuries’ old methods seems the perfect blending of past and present to pass to the future.
Despite the hectic pace of running Bishop and Company, Susan still loves to retreat to her design studio adjacent to the Holston River. Near the base of Bays Mountain, where Blue Herron nestle their young, she draws her inspiration to create these vintage treasures. Southern Appalachia has a unique combination of rich history and magnificent mountain surroundings. Susan remains inspired by the region’s natural beauty and the craftsmanship of the people who call it home.
Each masterpiece Susan creates is distinct and tells its own unique story from the materials chosen to the hand finish using fresco techniques. The handmade artistry of Bishop and Company’s Collections are intended to be different and individual, no two are exactly alike. It is her hope and desire that her masterpieces will become heirlooms to be passed down from generation to generation.
Classic, timeless, hand-crafted pieces created by Susan Bishop and her team of artisans right here in East Tennessee.
“I was fortunate to meet Susan during a benefit for the local Regional Children’s Hospital. Susan is such a cheerful giver; each year she donates one of her large beautiful paintings. I have used pieces of Susan’s collection to enhance my own showroom of antiques and collectibles.”
“Susan Bishop has a very keen and artistic eye when it comes to creating one-of-a-kind mirrors. From classical to whimsical to urban-industrial, her inspiration runs the entire spectrum and the result is always unique!”
John Vachon, CEO/Co-Founder Urban Synergy/BANQ