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Paperweight by Sue Fox
Sue Fox
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Sue 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 own.

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.

During 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.

Sue 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.

Sue currently lives in Canon City, Colorado and can be contacted by email on More of her work can be seen on her website at

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