Purser Hope, Susan
For most of my career, I ran my Midlands based commercial interior design consultancy specialising in designing and fitting out large hotels, offices, hospitals etc. In 2005, I decided to change direction and returned to Wolverhampton University to study glass making and then established my fused glass studio. Here, I created architectural work but mainly concentrated on developing community projects, using glass to build self-belief and a feeling of well being within hard to reach communities and groups.
I relocated six years ago to North Norfolk to fulfil a lifetime's ambition of living by the sea and set up my new studio in the Belfry Arts Centre in the coastal village of Overstrand and continued carrying out community projects in Norfolk, the Midlands and London. I specialised in working with young children and those living with dementia.
I work primarily in kiln formed, fused and sandblasted glass.
Unfortunately, in May this year, the centre where my studio was located unexpectantly closed at short notice. I have had to relocate my studio into a much reduced space and to re-evaluate my future career. The challenge now is learning to work on a small scale rather than the large canvas that I am accustomed to. However, it is also an opportunity to start to be influenced and respond to the rolling waves, open countryside, big skies, wildlife, extraordinary architecture, angel ceilings and the diverse characters that surround me in Norfolk.
I am starting work on a new collection that reflects my passion for the amazing colours and vibrancy of glass. My work will feature fused and painted forms that hold secrets and stories, creating explosions of potent, dynamic colour and shapes. I can testify that life is never dull within the world of glass!