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SSG STAFF
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SUE KUTNO
Specialty: Master Classes
The Buck Stops Here
Tuesday Tools & Master Classes


Founder and owner of SSG, Sue has been working in glass about 30 years. Beginning in Stained Glass, then moving on to Fused & Slumped glass, and teaching throughout the years, she established Sarasota School of Glass in 2000. Sue has shown her work in galleries across the country (Including Hodgell Gallery, Art Uptown and Art Center Sarasota all located in Sarasota), exhibited in art shows, written a book and wrote several articles in many glass publications in addition to winning the New Glass Review from Corning Museum. Her motto "If you love your job you never have to work a day in your life".
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DONNA VOZZA
Specialty: Stained Glass
Guest Teacher


Donna started stained glass in 1976, in NY. In 1995 Donna and her family moved to Sarasota with Glass Crafters from Long Island. Recently retiring from the retail end of the business, she continues creating in her own studio and teaches at SSG. Donna has done custom commissions - including the windows for Trinity Baptist Church in Sun City Center and the windows in Saints Martha's Catholic School in Sarasota.


KAREN JOHNSON
Manager


Karen has lived with her husband in Sarasota 26 years and has two married sons and one daughter in college. Karen has always loved doing artistic things. She used to sew dolls and clothes when the children were young and loved making crafty things with them. She has taken many classes over the years including painting and pottery and since discovering SSG, is now hooked on glass. Karen has recently taken over as manager of SSG filling in front desk & kiln when needed.
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KATHY KOSNICK
Specialty:Fusing & Slumping
Wednesday & Saturday

Kathy is a retired court reporter and has always been passionate about art and creativity . She has 2 grown children, Savannah and Noah and works part-time as a luxury travel agent with Dimensions Travel. She is also an interior decorating advisor with Sarasota Decor Advice and is thrilled to be teaching at SSG. Kathy loves painting, drawing, sculpting, gardening, designing, travel, children, sports, and, of course, glass. Compassionate and giving, her philosophy in life is “just be kind“ AND always “do the right thing, even when nobody is looking”
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SUSAN BRIDENBECKER
Specialty:Fusing & Slumping
Fish Mobiles - Butterflies
Wednesday & Friday


Susan is a retired school business administrator who loves working with her hands.  She has many hobbies such as sewing, wood working, pottery and jewelry making; but her favorite is stained glass which she has been doing for 15+ years. Once she found the Sarasota School of Glass, there was no looking back and she has combined her love of glass with the joy of teaching others about fused glass.
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LIANA MARTIN
Specialty: Fusing & Slumping
Collage with Resin, Jewelry
Guest Teacher


I've been fusing for over 5 years. I started with stained glass about 15 years ago and moved to fusing when I saw a piece I wanted to make. It was my desire to try new crafts when I retired so I took a class or two and decided I liked it enough to start doing it on my own. My first class was at SSG with Sue K. She so excited about it that it overflowed to me. I've been cutting glass for as long as I've done stained glass, so when I was offered the job of cutting glass for SSG I jumped at the chance. I've been here ever since also helping in Firelite Forms with making slumpng molds.
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JAN A.
Specialty: Fusing & Slumping
Substitute Teacher
Relocating to Florida from southern California, Jan was a 1st an 3rd grade teacher. She enjoys teaching Maj Jong to groups and individuals. During her summer vacations as a teacher she worked for Amtrak traveling from L.A. to Seattle and beyond.
Jan, a mother and grandmother, retired in 1997 and moved to Anna Maria Island in 2000.
JULIE S.
Specialty: Fusing & Slumping
Girls Nite Out - Date Nite -
Sunday Funday
Julie is originally from Northern Minnesota but relocated to Alaska in 1978 where she lived for 40 years in Anchorage, Soldotna and Wasilla working for Peak Oilfield Services.  She retired to sunny Florida in 2018 where she and her husband Mike settled in Palm Aire. 
Julie has always had a love for all things glass, collecting carnival glass since her teens.  In retirement she enjoys yoga, water aerobics, book club, cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends. 
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NICOLE A.
Specialty: Fusing & Slumping
Saturday
Nicole came to SSG, and like most got 'hooked' on fusing. When she saw that we were looking for a fusing teacher she applied for the position, trained and taught her first class. It was a total success!

Nicole has a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design and is not new to glass. She has done many projects in Stained Glass, which her late mother taught her, and now has progressed to fused glass. Nicole will be teaching Saturday classes.

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941 925 GLAS (4527)