SUELLEN FOWLER has blown and sculpted glass for over thirty years. She is the foremost practitioner of a method of flameworking characterized by working off the end of a glass blowpipe. Building layers of clear and colored glass, her finished vessels are rich in color and intricate design. She displayed a passion for color, drawing and sculpting at an early age. Encouraged by her parents to develop these talents she was enrolled at the age of nine, and took art classes for several years, at the Chounard Art Institute in Los Angeles. In the summer of 1969, at the tender age of fourteen, she enrolled in the Glass Workshop at Pepperdine College in Los Angeles. The program was directed by John Burton and taught by his first apprentice, Margaret Youd. Fowler was instantly captivated by the scintillating qualities of light and color in this volatile medium. Under Margaret's able instruction, she rapidly acquired technical skills. Within a few months, she was assisting other students in the class. Burton recognized her skill, and during a two-year period beginning in late 1970, she received private lessons at Burton's studio in Montecito. At the time of the Glass Workshop (1968 - 1973), borosilicate glass had a limited and unsophisticated palette of colors available to the artist. A small group of students began researching chemical formulae that led to an improved though still limited range of colored borosilicate cane. After the demise of the workshop, Fowler continued working independently developing her own extensive range of color formulae. Fowler considers herself to be a colorist. She has been influenced by painters such as Turner and Whistler, and the Impressionists. She deeply loves Klee for his beautiful use of color, and the tenderness and whimsicality expressed in his paintings. Fowler has developed an instantly recognizable style. More than any other aspect of her work, she is known for the exquisite palette of colored cane that she uses in her pieces, every piece of which she mixes and hand pulls herself. Suellen Fowler's work will always stand out from the rest of the lampworkers of the world because of her devotion to the John Burton method of lampworking, her unique palette of hand-mixed colors, the absolute precision of her skills, and her uncompromising esthetic quality. Fowler's work was on exhibit at the Museum of American Glass in Wheaton Village, in a 1998 show curated by Paul Stankard. Collected worldwide, Suellen Fowler's work was selected by the Director of the Corning Museum of Glass for inclusion in the permanent collection.