Susan Purser Hope
For most of her career, Susan Purser Hope ran her Midlands based commercial interior design consultancy specialising in designing and fitting out large hotels, offices, hospitals etc. In 2005, she decided to change direction and returned to Wolverhampton University to study glass making and then established her fused glass studio. Here, Susan 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.
Susan and her husband and business partner, David, then relocated six years ago to North Norfolk to fulfill a lifetime's ambition of living by the sea. Susan set up her 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. She specialised in working with young children and those living with dementia.
Unfortunately, in May this year, the centre where her studio was located unexpectantly closed at short notice. Susan has had to relocate her studio into a much reduced space and to re-evaluate her future career. Her challenge now is learning to work on a small scale rather than the large canvas that she is 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 her in Norfolk.
Susan is starting work on a new collection that reflects her passion for the amazing colours and vibrancy of glass. Her work will feature fused and painted forms that hold secrets and stories, creating explosions of potent, dynamic colour and shapes. Susan can testify that life is never dull within the world of glass!