Susan Hood was born and educated in British Columbia, Canada. She studied pottery, sculpture, painting, drawing and worked on her art on a part-time basis while teaching elementary school.
In 1987 she began the study of stained glass which completely changed her direction and focus. She found it was the only art form that did not leave her empty and exhausted after the creative process, but rather full of enthusiasm and appreciation for the work she had created. This "replenishing process" has led her to new heights of love for light and glass. Susan has had her own one-man show in Chile and group showings in Canada and Chile. Her work can be found in many countries of the world including Japan, Australia, Venezuela, Paraguay, Chile, United States, Canada, France and Germany.
In 2001 she was introduced to lampworking, same medium different approach. She was hooked! Susan teaches and demonstrates at her home in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, with students coming from Ireland, Australia, France, South America, Hong Kong and Canada.
Susan is a member of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, the Toronto Bead Society, Yarmouth Crafts Guild, and the International Society of Glass Beadmakers. She is the past Regional Director for Canada of the ISGB, and past president of the Lampworkers of Atlantic and Maritime Provinces Society.
Su has studied with Barry Edwards-Vancouver, Lucie Kovarova-Weir-Toronto, Leah Fairbanks-Oregon, Pati Walton U.S., Lucio Bubacco- Murano, Italy, Michael Barley, Washington,U.S., Marilyn Peraza and Lydia Muell, both from North Carolina and thanks every one of them for their guidance on her lampworking path.
She presented her jewelry to A list stars at a “by invitation only gift suite” at the Toronto International Film Festival 2010 and the Golden Globes 2011. Susan also designed the jewelry for Miss Canada 2010 , was chosen by Nova Scotia Business Inc. to create a collection for the women of the G8 Summit 2010 at nsfashion.ca, is the official beadmaker for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada., and was curator of Bead+Beads=Beads! at the Argyle Fine Art Gallery for 19 lampworkers , August 2010. In 2013, Susan was commissioned to design a Maud Lewis bead for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. She will be a featured artist at Swoon Gallery in Halifax, in December 2014. March 2014 launched Su Hood's Children's Wish Bead tutorial.