Glitz & Grandeur

Glass is amazing! It’s a suspended liquid that moves and flows. It changes with light and the lack of light! It's smooth and glossy, it has texture and depth. It's cool, it's hot, it melts, but is strong. It sparkles. It shines. It even casts rainbows. Oh glass, how I love you!

I'm Susan, a stained glass artisan. I also work with fused glass, and make handcrafted jewelry.

This, my blog, it's where I post pics, ramble on, and share things that catch my eye, turn me on, spark a reaction, or that I just plain like. You can find pictures of projects in progress here, instead of just the finished pieces on Etsy.

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Fused glass large cork backed trivet and large serving bowl

With the long, narrow panel completed the real challenge begins:  getting this piece shipped to it’s destination in Pennsylvania, without damage.  It’s not being fully crated in an attempt to keep shipping costs down, but the length requires support, so a wood frame is required.  It will be boxed rather than closing off the top and bottom with wood to keep the weight down.   The measurement of the package, along with the weight determine if the shipment can go with a regular home/business delivery, or if it needs to be shipped freight.

Commissioned to elongate one of my original smaller panels.  The center section has been soldered.  Because this piece is so long and narrow, a copper reinforcement strip will be inserted on each long side, before the outer textured clear border is added.  In addition, some Zinc rebar will be inserted into the frame.  This is all to firm up the panel and try to prevent sagging and possible pressure on the glass when hanging or handling.


St Bartholomew Longbenton (by davewebster14)


Glass Marble Galaxy - love this idea for making a piece of custom art @Meredith Pena

Chicago Condo Transom Window Panels - work in progress - panel 3 of eight, ready to be soldered.


Art Glass Vases by Michael Waysmith. FANTASTIC

Picture description:  ”A detail shot of a section of textured glass” -or- “sunlight dancing on water”.


Jade Color in Hand blown Glass

The jade collection calmly drifts towards aquatic formations by Bernard Katz Glass.


Fused glass green swirl. Bathroom window detail. For Channel 4 TV design show.


Fused glass green swirl. Bathroom window detail. For Channel 4 TV design show.

Work begins on a wide, short bevel panel.  A custom order based on one of my prior pieces.  First step:  (maybe second, after pricing, terms and deposit … I guess that would make it the fourth step) Proposed design.  I submitted two versions.  This is one was selected.


Autumn Leaves by Jacqueline McKinny. Leaves can be found at the Pismo Galleries in Cherry Creek and Vail, Colorado. The Walnut Gallery in Louisville, Colorado and Kittrell Riffkind Art Glass in Dallas, Texas. 

(via treasuredapples)


Victoria & Albert Museum

London, June 2014

(via newglassworks)

Chicago Condo Transom Window Panels project - work in progress - bucket-o-glass, foiling for panel 3 … ooh shiny :)  


Stained Glass Window, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pittsburgh PA - June 2014