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Biography: Suellen Fowler

Suellen Fowler

Building layers of clear and colored glass, Suellen Fowler has developed an instantly recognizable style. More than any other aspect of her work, she is known for the exquisite palette of colored cane that she uses in her pieces, every piece of which she mixes and hand pulls herself. Fowler's work stands out because of her devotion to the John Burton method of lampworking, her unique palette of hand-mixed colors, and her dedication to precision. As the foremost practitioner of working off the end of a glass blowpipe while flameworking, Fowler has blown and sculpted glass for more than 40 years.

At the tender age of 14, Fowler enrolled in the Glass Workshop at Pepperdine College in Los Angeles. The program was directed by flameworking pioneer John Burton and taught by his first apprentice, Margaret Youd. Fowler was instantly captivated by the scintillating qualities of light and color in glass. Under Youd's instruction, Fowler rapidly acquired technical skills. Within a few months, she was assisting other students in the class. Burton recognized her skill, and during a two-year period beginning in late 1970, she received private lessons at Burton's studio in Montecito, Calif.

In private collections worldwide, Fowler’s work is also included in the collection of The Corning Museum of Glass.