Susan Gottselig

Susan Richey Gottselig is best known for her creative interpretations of the human figure, images of nature and objects in our world. Her distinctive sculptures are created from molten glass and integrate the properties of glass in an expressive combination of gesture and form. Susan's unique work has universal appeal and conveys her intrinsic passion for her sculpture and medium.

Susan holds a B.F.A. from the Alberta College of Art and Design as well as a Master's degree. She exhibits in Canada and internationally and her work can be found in many corporate and private collections.

She was born in the U.S. in the late 1940's and spent her formative years in East Africa. She immigrated to Canada in 1974 and now lives and works in the Rocky Mountains in Canmore, Alberta.


Expressing me through art has always been an important part of my life. While I enjoy working with other media, I feel a special affinity with glass because of its ability to both reflect and transmit light. It provides endless possibilities for expression in its hot, warm and cold forms. I find that the unique properties of glass and its relationship with light can provide not only direct visual expression but may also evoke spiritual and emotional meaning for the viewer. Also, in the case of more traditional themes in leaded glass, there is an immediate link with the past.

I am interested in pursuing many subjects and themes using a variety of techniques, including etching, painting, sandblasting and overlays in combination with blown or fused glass and hot glass.

Alberta Craft Council
Alpine Club of Canada
Calgary Humane Society
Centennial Gallery Artists Cooperative
Friends of the Glenbow
Glass Art Society
Native Health Liaison Committee, Calgary District Hospital Group
Rockyview Hospital Art Committee

The artwork of Susan Gottselig is represented by Rowles & Company Ltd., Alberta's Corporate Gift & Art Gallery in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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