At 62, Susan
Butler is an impeccable homemaker, an exquisite hostess, and a savvy
businesswoman.  However, where she seems
to be happiest is in her roles as a new grandmother and sitting at her
worktable for hours creating beautiful glass beads while listening to audio
books and feeding her love of literature.
Susan has
been designing notable jewelry for over 26 years, yet, 15 years ago she began
to work with hand blown glass and her designs entered a new realm.  Her work is found in the local gift shops of
the SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART, THE MCNAY ART MUSEUM, and Gallery Vetro Creative
Artglass, as well as, SUSAN BUTLER JEWELRY ON ETSY and her company, CONBRIO BEADS. I have worn one of her creations out twice recently and have been asked multiple times…where did you get that necklace? 
“I strive to
recognize beauty in many ways, and interpret that beauty in wearable glass
designs,” she said. “Artists are predominantly influenced by our environments,
so, of course, San Antonio has much to do with all of the color I use in my
pieces.”
  She might be inspired by the Texas wildflowers while walking in EISENHOWER PARK; or the skirts of Folcloric dancers
during Fiesta; or the glass sculptures of American artist Dale Chihuly who
first brought modern sensibility to glass. 
He is recognized for his unique creativity with blown glass.
  Most recently, Susan was moved by the
powerful Broadway performance of the musical HAMILTON, when she visited New
York City.  This took her to study 18th
century clothing and design the necklace above she now calls Revolutionary
Lace.

She works
with glass from America and Italy; however keeps them separate and does not mix
the two.  They each have their own
special properties.  Susan also may be
commissioned for personal work for a special occasion or to go with a
particular outfit.  She is currently
designing for a wedding in Alaska.  I watched Susan design a flower and was fascinated as she explained each step of the process and the reasons behind them.  Her kiln is built to resemble a tool box which is really perfect when you think about it!
Susan Butler is a
woman living life to its fullest…saturated in great books, two beautiful
granddaughters born within 10 days of each other, and her designs…which perhaps
accounts for the big smile she constantly wears.  In fact, join Susan on HER FACEBOOK PAGE HERE on March 14 to enter to win one of her necklaces in a St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway!

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