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Susan specializes in Pate de verre (“paste of glass”), an ancient glass-forming technique, first documented in artifacts from Phoenicia and Egypt around 1500 B.C.E.

 

Small glass granules, or frits, and powders are mixed with binders such as gum arabic, pressed into the desired shape, and fired in a kiln to fuse the granules together.

 

Susan creates in series, often working on several different ideas simultaneously. As a body of work evolves, the series is given a name. These pieces are some of her newest ideas.