Glass working was a new venture in 2001 after Sue trained in workshops in Rochester, Leominster, Hazlemere, Shebbear, Corfe Castle, Bristol & Barnstaple to develop her glassmaking techniques. She creates fused glass art, lampwork glass beads and silver jewellery from her studio in Barnstaple.
Sue's initial inspiration is taken from the colours of the sea, preferring to use various shades of blue, green and azure. For the fused glass work which is an ancient art form, she uses flat sheets of Bullseye fusible glass as the starting point which are layered and then fused in the kiln. The results are spectacular fused glass dishes, bowls, wall adornments, clocks and jewellery. Her stunning colourful jewellery usually includes dichroic glass which has an irridescent depth and is so vibrant when reflected across the spectrum. The lampwork beads are made from italian produced glass rods which are heated and wound around steel mandrels. Once completed, the beads are annealed in a digitally controlled kiln to avoid any possible fractures.
In recent times Sue has worked in the lightweight, flexible nuno felt which she is combining with her glass. Her new website is:http://www.feltnbeads.co.uk
She is very happy to take any commissions and will usually be able to work in any colour combinations to suit the customer’s requirements.
Sue's fused glass, flameworked glass and silver items are displayed at the Appledore Crafts Company Gallery (http://www.appledorecraftscompany.co.uk
Her work was included as part of the exhibition to celebrate the gallery's 20th anniversary in 2011.
Further pieces of her fused glass art and glass and silver jewellery can be seen at 14 The Gallery in Great Torrington. During August 2011 her work was shown as 'Featured Artist'. (http://www.14thegallery.co.uk
Sue exhibited her fused glass art in the summer of 2011 at Duchy Square Art Centre in Princetown Dartmoor, with other women artists from around the area.