Susan Watson has been a stained glass artist for more than 26 years. Since graduating from hobby to passion Susan has spent countless hours honing her craft and searching for new innovations.  This passion as lead to her beautiful works being found throughout the southeastern US, including the Knoxville Museum of Art. Susan also began to create and donate windows to churches in faraway places, such as Guatemala, Mexico, Africa and Belize.

For 23 years Susan was the resident stained glass artist at Dollywood. She worked as a master craftsman at the park. She trained others in the stained glass craft as an instructor. She most recently appears at the park as a Special Guest Artist demonstrating glass cutting and soldering skills to visitors.

Music Man for the Clarence Brown Theatre

Just last year Susan completed several pieces as a fundraiser for the Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee. Watson created a piece for each production in the theatre’s 2010-2011 season. These pieces covered Amadeus, Woyzeck, The Story of Opal, A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, Phaedra, and The Music Man. Each piece was auctioned in support of the theatre program.

Susan, now semi-retired, teaches Beginning Stained Glass for the Hobbyist for Personal Development at UT Non-Credit programs. This class explores the beauty of stained glass using the copper foil technique of Louis Comfort Tiffany. The course will cover stained glass from its beginnings as sand to stunning finished creation. Skills taught include the aspects of design, transferring design elements to glass, cutting and grinding glass, application of copper foil to glass, assembling and soldering the project.