Featured Artist Archive > February, 2012
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Fox grew up with a love of glass art, especially paperweights and scent bottles,
which she first encountered on strolls through antique shops during family vacations.
She also recalls her mother's treasured collection of old Heisey glass, but would
never have imagined that one day she would be creating glass treasures of her
In the late
1970's, Sue pursued an academic career but she discovered that her true passion
and talent lay in handwork. A sense of adventure during a summer break from the
College of Charleston led her on a sailing trip to the Chesapeake Bay, where she
lived aboard a sailboat in Annapolis harbor and worked ashore, learning the craft
of nautical canvaswork. Returning to Charleston the following year, Sue decided
to start her own canvas business. This was a time of hard work, growing confidence,
and sun-filled days sailing with friends.
a transitional period of her life in the early 1990's, she was introduced to flameworking
during a trip to Sante Fe, New Mexico. Thoroughly entranced by this new medium,
and not one to shy away from new and exciting possibilities, Sue returned home
to South Carolina and set up a glass studio. Here she worked to perfect her art,
reveling in the opportunity to create beautiful glass objects like those she had
loved as a child. Sue began making miniature glass paperweights and buttons in
the mid 1990's, loving the intricate work of crafting tiny flowers, birds, and
insects over a small torch, and then encasing them in clear glass. A few years
later she stumbled upon the world of dollhouse miniatures when building a dollhouse
for her niece. She found the glass work she was doing fit very nicely into this
new magical world.
In 2009, Sue moved out west where she began a partnership, in work and life, with
paperweight artist Drew Ebelhare. Together they have made some beautiful paperweights,
with Sue's delicate lampwork surrounded by Drew's millefiori canes.
has won several national awards at Bead and Button Shows for her paperweight buttons.
She is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and has attained
Artisan status in the International Guild of Miniature Artists. Her work can be
found in the permanent collection of the Bergstrom-Mahler Paperweight Museum,
as well as in private collections.
currently lives in Canon City, Colorado and can be contacted by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
More of her work can be seen on her website at http://www.miniaturesinglass.com.