Susan Matych-Hager

Hometown: Adrian, MI

Medium: Jewelry

Bio: Susan Matych-Hager has always been interested in the visual arts, holding an earned academic minor in art. A glass bead course taken from Don Miller in Fall, 2003 at the Toledo Museum of Art was the beginning of her adventure in art glass bead-making, also known as lampwork, torchwork, or flamework. Matych-Hager is perhaps best known for her command of color in her glass bead designs and her elaborate competition pieces based on nature themes. Her work has been juried into the Lark Book Showcase 500Series, including Beaded Jewelry, Necklaces and her most recent inclusion in 1000 Beads. She has been published in Bead and Button Magazine, The Flow,Profitable Glass Quarterly, Ornament and Metal Clay Artist. She has been selected for inclusion in the last seven prestigious International Society of Glass Beadmakers juried, travelling shows beginning withMetamorphosis: The Life Cycle of a Glass Bead in 1907. Her necklace, Yellow Poppies, was a finalist inBead and Button Magazine’s Bead Dreams contest in 2011. Her elaborate constructed component necklace,Winter Dreams, featuring glass flowers, leaves, berries, branches and birds, was a finalist and second-place award winner in the lampwork category of the 2013 Bead Dreams international competition. Promise of Spring, another sculptural component necklace inThe Seasons series, is travelling with the 2014-2015 ISGB juried travelling show.

“Although beadmaking is a recent passion for me, I have been very fortunate to have my work represented in the last seven annual juried exhibits by the International Society of Glass Beadmakers. My beads have been published in Bead & Button, The Flow, Ornament, and Profitable Glass Quarterly magazines.  My jewelry has appeared in Showcase 500: Bead Jewelry and Showcase 500: Necklaces.”