Susan Breen Silvy, United States
Susan Breen Silvy has been a professional artist for almost 20 years. A graduate of the University of Central Missouri with a degree in Public Relations and Graphics, she went on to work as an account executive in the advertising industry. In the early 1990s Silvy studied traditional metalsmithing with Genevieve Flynn. Later that decade, she became interested in glass bead making at a time when the art of contemporary glass bead making was just beginning to emerge. The self-taught bead artist was published in numerous publications including the magazines Lapidary Journal and Bead and Button; and several books including 500 Beads, Complete Book of Glass Beadmaking, and was a featured artist in Formed of Fire, Selections in Contemporary Lampworked Glass.
She was the recipient of numerous awards for her glass work including first place in "Lapidary Journal's" Bead Arts Awards in 2003, first place in Bead and Button's Bead Dreams 2002 Awards and first place and judges choice in the 2002 and 2001 Gleaming Treasures national exhibition. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of the Missouri Governors Mansion, the Bead Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Bead Museum in Glendale, Arizona.
In March 2006, Silvy was PMC Certified by Barbara Becker Simon launching her into a focused exploration of metal clay and has now attained Level 1 of the Metal Clay Masters Registry. Using her knowledge from working with several different media, her current work combines the soft lines obtained with metal clay with the crisp lines achieved through sandblasting and construction techniques. Her metal clay work has appeared in several publications including the 2009 and 2008 PMC Guild Annual and The Art of Metal Clay.
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