Susan Bloch is a commission and exhibiting artist. She began her career in glass doing large commissions for architects and individuals. Experimenting with techniques for more than 30 years developed her mastery of glass carving.
Commissions ranged from large residential windows, office doors, theaters, and stone walls.
Moving to California in 2004 was a turning point in her life as was her father's critical illness. Both changed the direction of her art.
The resulting carved faces question the human experience. She states, "I am connected to our human vulnerability while working with glass. My process of sand-carving requires patience and leads me towards awareness."
Her work shifted once again after caregiving for her father through his death in 2016. Faces became smaller and surrounded by wing-like or plant-like forms. Backgrounds became emphasized because air appeared teeming with life.
Bloch earned her BFA in glass and sculpture from Alfred University in NY. She studied painting at Boston University as well as New York Studio School, both instrumental to her art career. Her work appears in books and publications. She exhibits internationally.
She received a Victor Jacoby Grant & Award through the Humboldt Area Foundation in 2019
• Creamery District, glass mobile
• Coleman, glass commission, Ca
• DeLao, etched window, Ca
• Wenger, carved window, Ca
• Traum, etched doors, Ca
• Nesbeitt, glass sculpture, Ma
• Glass Vine wall art, Germany
• Gloria Gaynor , etched tryptych
• Clemens Center for the Performing Arts
2014 Ratification - Craft Member of Guild of Glass Engravers
2012 Juried as Exhibiting Member of Clay and Glass Artists
2013 Creamery District Public Art Grant – glass mobile Zephyr
2006 2nd place glass for “Upright Lei” "Best of California", Artists book series
2003 Artists Crossroads Grant: Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes
funded by NY State Council on the Arts
1987-1988 RULE-leadership grant, in association with Penn State University
1977 Damini Foundation Award for Oils and Watercolors
2012 Glass dress/mobile Toledo, Ohio
2004 Glass Fashion Show: Ribbon Glass Dress, New Orleans
2003-1996 Woman of the Year Award Sculptures
2002 Wearable Glass Flower Gown on display in the Corning Museum of Glass Art Market
2001 The Rising of the Crystal Equinox, Wearable Glass flower sculpture dress: 4’6” x 5’ x 5’ Corning, NY
2000 Women’s Rights Wall: etched and inlaid the Declaration of Sentiments in 100’ bluestone wall 1992 1991 Neon Tree: 14’x 12’x 1992 12’ steel/neon tubes. Neon on the Bridge Sculpture Show, Corning, NY.
pending: Westhaven Gallery, Trinidad, CA Sept, 2019
2019 Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery ACGA group show Feb 7 - March 4
2017 City of Brea Art Gallery Clay and Glass show
2015 Healdsburg Center for the Arts Glass & Clay Invitational June 11th – Aug. 16th
2015 Red House Glass Cone Contemporary International Engraved Glass 18 May - 26 June 2015 Stourbridge, UK
2014 Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Beasties! Juried Exhibition Oct. 30 – Dec. 6
2014 Morley Gallery, London (pending) group show INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENGRAVED GLASS
2014 Redwood Art Association group shows
2013 Old Town Art Gallery Guest Artist
2013 Richmond Art Center group show
2012 Richmond Art Center group show
2011 Houghton Gallery, 3 person invitational show
2011 Biscuit Factory, New Castle upon Tyne 2 person show
2010 Eureka Inn One person show
2010 Westhaven Center for the Arts Three Person show
2009 Arcata Marsh Gallery, 3 person show “Three Visions”
2007 Kronos gallery, group show, Eureka, California