Buckinghamshire Glass Artist
It was 2003 when Buckinghamshire-based Suzanne Raffellini became hooked on the beauty of glass and creating stunning objects from it.
But it wasn’t the profession the mother of three originally entered into. Before starting her journey to become a glass artist, Suzanne had always been a scientist. A Dr of chemistry.
The role took her to Italy for six years and led her to meet her husband. But life changed course for her on that fateful day in 2003 when she accompanied a friend to a glass-making class “just to make up the numbers”.
“It’s true to say that I’ve always made things, but I think I can point to my interest in glass much earlier than that glass class. I remember going on a school trip to an engineering department where I witnessed glass in its liquid form. I was fascinated,” she says.
She found herself studying for a City and Guilds in the subject with fellow Buckinghamshire glass artist Liz Beard and followed this with NCFE levels 2 and 3.
Suzanne quickly received her first commission: the front door surround of St Michael’s and All Angels Church in Amersham..
Now, creating beautiful glass art is her full-time job but she still makes time to teach the technique to others: both traditional lead work and more experimental fused work.