Susan Longini

Susan J. Longini has been involved in the glass world for over 3 decades as studio artist, educator, and administrator.

She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in sculpture from the University of Michigan and did postgraduate studies in glass at San Jose State University and California College of the Arts.From 1986 to 2003 she was Adjunct Professor and head of the Glass Program at Ohlone College in Fremont, CA and Executive Director of the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), in San Jose, CA 2002-2004.

Susan's work is exhibited throughout the United States and is in public and private collections in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.She is a frequent lecturer, guest curator and juror.Her particular interest in glass is pate de verre, literally "paste of glass", which uses glass frits and powders formed by hand and placed in a mold, then fired in a kiln to produce one-of-a-kind sculptures.

In addition to pursuing a career as a studio artist, she is President of the Glass Alliance of Northern California (GLANC), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to further education and appreciation of glass art.She is also a member of the City of Fremont Art Review Board, in charge of awarding artists grants for Art in Public Places projects.

Pate de verre, literally “paste of glass”, is an ancient glass-forming technique, first documented in artifacts from Phoenicia and Egypt around 1500 B.C.E. Small glass granules, or frits, and powders are mixed with binders such as gum arabic, pressed into the desired shape, and fired in a kiln to fuse the granules together. Using the properties of glass as a liquid, the pate de verre is heated anywhere from 1270° F to 1600°F. The lower temperature retains the granular qualities, while the higher temperature gives a smooth, “glassy” appearance.
I use glass for its seemingly conflicting qualities:
These for me symbolize the universal state of being.