Susan Haas
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Artist Statement & Biography
I’ve always been fascinated by the essential idea of glass, the change from liquid to solid. And the freedom of the artist, in the middle of that flow, to work her influence on the final form, to pull an abstract vision into something of tangible beauty, is fabulous. Since I also love being on the water — ocean, river, lake, mud puddle — it amuses me to create pieces that hark back that liquid: stable, but still full of motion. And so my work is alive with bubbles and waves, sea foam and movement. And recently, my repertoire — and palette — have expanded to include the changeable sky of sunset above the water.

When I took my first glassblowing class, my questions were simple: How? Why...
I have no formal training in glassblowing. I started taking classes at a fantastic studio in Maryland, about an hour from my home in Virginia, in 2010. The talented artists there have been wonderful about sharing their knowledge, and have helped me build my skills to the point glassblowing is no longer an avocation, but a second career.
Artist StatementI’ve always been fascinated by the essential idea of glass, the change from liquid to solid. And the freedom of the artist, in the middle of that flow, to work her influence on the final form, to pull an abstract vision into something of tangible beauty, is fabulous. Since I also love being on the water — ocean, river, lake, mud puddle — it amuses me to create pieces that hark back that liquid: stable, but still full of motion. And so my work is alive with bubbles and waves, sea foam and movement. And recently, my repertoire — and palette — have expanded to include the changeable sky of sunset above the water.

When I took my first glassblowing class, my questions were simple: How? Why? What makes me think I can do this? I’ve figured out some of the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ and have moved on to what has become my new favorite question: What if? The answers to that question can be endlessly appealing. With each new piece, I get to share and celebrate that answer.
Artist BiographyI have no formal training in glassblowing. I started taking classes at a fantastic studio in Maryland, about an hour from my home in Virginia, in 2010. The talented artists there have been wonderful about sharing their knowledge, and have helped me build my skills to the point glassblowing is no longer an avocation, but a second career.
What I Love Doing
Reading; playing with my beagle, Bailey; blowing glass; letting my mind wander. Oh, and reading!
What I Find Beautiful
Nature; the sound and smell of water; silence; the ability to imagine
My Favorite Memory
Playing on a Florida beach with my baby sister, the sand in our bathing suits and the scents of salt water and Coppertone suntan lotion filling the air. Other kids were shouting, gulls where screaming, we were giggling.
My Favorite Art Style
Who can choose?
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