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Hi!  I'm Susan Kennedy, of SueBeads!  I live in Pittsburgh, PA, with my two kids.  I'm a single mom, cancer survivor, girlfriend, daughter, and glass bead maker!  I have been making glass beads since 2005 - I started out by taking a class at the Pittsburgh Glass Center - I have taken several since.  I loved lampworked beads so much, I just had to make my own.  I really enjoy making glass beads, but that's not all I do!  I enamel beads and charms, as well, and have taken an in-person and on-line class with Barbara Lewis of Painting with Fire.  I have also attended ArtBLISS on two occasions and have taken on-line classes with Deryn Boyd Mentock (fabulous woman!). 

I also help my boyfriend, occasionally.  He is a general contractor and I have been known to paint, hang drywall, drive a tractor and roto-till with a Kubota! 

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PA said…
Sue, please send me an email I can use to contact you. I have made some earrings for the Ears to You project, thanks to your blog info. Several years ago, I bought some of your beads and I used some of them for the project. I'd like to send you and email with photos of what I used. Thanks for the recommendation; it was great fun (I made 45 pairs). This is my gmail account but I usually use my MSN account and that email for me is randolpabill@msn.com. Cheers! Polly Anna Randol

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