Susan Hyde was born in Galion Ohio, received her BS in Advertising Design from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture & Art in 1963.
She traveled to Seattle in 1968 with her ex-husband and 3 year old son Sebastian, and has lived here ever since, moving to Bremerton in 2001 after buying her first home here.
“I’ve always had some sort of art project going. In the seventies I made lots of flour, salt and water – Bakers Clay – ornaments and sold some to a gallery in Pioneer Square. I’ve also done some figure sculpting in terra cotta. Then I discovered ‘Fimo’ in the 80’s.”
“I quit my full time job in the early 90’s to make polymer clay ornaments, jewelry and sculpture. The business lasted for about 7 years. I had a wonderful time, was eventually selling wholesale to hundreds of galleries coast to coast. I joined the local and national guilds, taught at several conventions, traveled to other guilds in Ohio and California to teach weekend classes. It was difficult to juggle it all, doing the bookkeeping, marketing, manufacturing, setting up a canopy for local shows. I did all the local juried shows: Bellevue Arts Fair, University Fair, Fremont Fair, Edmonds Arts Festival, and Best of the Northwest. Eventually I took a part-time job to help support me, and then a full-time job at the Seattle Times, from which I retired in 2006.”
“Polymer clay is like painting with solid color, or sculpting with solid paint. I achieve my interesting “faux fabrics” using a pasta machine and creative layering, add inclusions such as glitter, embossing powders, and lots of colors.”
Examples of my work appears in the following books:
Polymer Clay, Creative Traditions – Judy Belcher, Watson-Guptill 2006
Creative Ways with Polymer Clay – Dottie McMillan, Sterling Pub 2002
Polymer Clay - Georgia Sargeant & Celie Fago, Rockport Pub 2002
Foundations in Polymer Clay - Barbara A. McGuire, Krause Pub 1999
A Crafter's Book of Angels - Deborah Morgenthal, Lark Books 1995