Susan Lowenthal / By Susan Designs
glass / other
Hometown: Westport, CT
Susan Lowenthal discovered a passion for art early in life while working with her parents in their small clothing and home goods store in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. “I was in love with arts and crafts from the time I was a small child,” she recalls. “I would buy the paper dolls that come with clothes you cut out, throw out the clothes, and make my own. I was always dabbling in art and making things. My mother liked to sew and I would design dresses and she would make them.”
While working in various fields in the corporate world, she earned her way up to a CEO position of a Wall Street securities firm. In her free time, Lowenthal get her art alive by painting, decoupaging, and etching glass in her kitchen “studio.” She began experimenting in stone, creating Shabbat candlesticks and Chanukah menorahs and soon started working in glass. In 1994, Lowenthal left Wall Street, moved to Westport, CT and started a gift basket business with her husband. When a customer ordered a beauty-product basket, she and her husband created Accents Naturally, a line of skincare packaged in fine crystal containers. Lowenthal eventually became a freelance consultant to the creative industries, working on product design, packaging, repurposing, marketing plans and booth design.
Mostly self-taught, Lowenthal has taken classes and workshops along the way to gain specific skills. Lowenthal regularly shows and sells her glass work at various crafts festivals and at juried exhibitions.