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Default Mountainair: Newest Cibola Arts Member fuses glass, metal for contemporary look...

Glass Artist Learns Metal Work from Blacksmith
By Ann Adams - Special to Steppin’ Out

Mountainair, New Mexico: Cibola Arts is excited to announce the gallery’s newest artist, Susan Aulde. Susan's attraction to glass began when she moved to Chicago and was exposed to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and his “Prairie Style” design among other things. She attended workshops and classes in the art of foil and leaded glass and was hooked.

She moved to New Mexico and found a lively group of glass artists to continue her learning and inspiration. She then attended more classes including one on fusing glass and a whole new direction opened. In 2003 she starting working with various glass artists in New Mexico that worked in both fused and stained glass. Through these various artists, her knowledge of fusing developed and her own style began forming. During this time she began a project that required a metal base. She approached Mountainair’s well known blacksmith LeRoy Simmons for help, and through his encouragement and instruction, she started welding. Her work now includes metal in juxtaposition with glass – a wonderful combination of materials.

Susan's explorations in glass today are focused around the use of irid glass, a stunning glass in subtle shades of iridescent blacks, golds, greens, reds, and blues. In combination with the metal, this glass gives her work a clean, modern look with a depth of translucence, and the intrigue of iridescence that pulls the eye in. She continues to work on designing window panels using the traditional method of foiling or leading technique, and using enamel paints on glass is one of her favorite methods of creating unique pieces such as windchimes or water fountains. Currently she is also exploring with investment mixes for creating molds to slump or form glass in different ways.

To see some of Susan’s art, stop by Cibola Arts Gallery located at 217 W. Broadway in Mountainair. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday. For more information call 847-0324 or visit Cibola Arts website at:



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