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Susan creates handcrafted stained glass art emphasizing Judaic themes. Each piece commemorates joyous life cycle events, illustrates Jewish customs, or is used in ceremonial life. Stained glass adds dimensions of dynamic beauty, unparalleled in other art media, through the interplay of colored glass with ambient light.
For over 30 years, Susan has created a wide selection of art ranging from attractive boxes and picture frames to large window panels. Her current work focuses on themes taken from Jewish life and her own developing awareness of Jewish tradition. "I receive from my art as much as I put into it, " says Susan. As she concentrates on depicting Jewish themes, her own life is enriched, which in turn, enriches her creations.
Susan creates handcrafted stained glass art emphasizing Judaic themes, with many new ceremonial pieces focusing on the celebration of the Jewish holidays. These include the Children's Celebration series of menorahs, mezuzahs, and dreidels, to tzedakah boxes, seder plates, and pictures frames for special occasions. Each piece commemorates joyous life cycle events, illustrates Jewish customs, or is used in ceremonial life.
Susan's art is represented in juried art shows and exhibitions nationwide. Her commissioned art pieces are displayed internationally in galleries, synagogues, and private homes. Susan also conducts classes in the art and mechanics of stained glass, trains Judaic educators at national conventions, and advises a steady stream of apprentices. She is a member of Artsites and the American Guild of Judaic Artists.
Recently, Susan has been collaborating with Julie Staller-Pentelnik of Cincinnati. Julie received a Batchelor of Fine Arts degree from Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design. Her contemporary designs – Hebrew calligraphy, ketubah, and torah mantles – complement Susan’s art. The talents of both artists have produced new sandblasted designs in mezuzahs, seder plates, menorahs and other Judaic ceremonial works.