About the Artists:
Susanne Harris is the artist behind Charleston, South Carolina based Beezie Glassworks. She designs and creates custom fused glass drawer pulls and cabinet knobs along with mirrors, picture frames, and wine stoppers. Each piece is hand-crafted. Her top priority is to create pieces that her customers will love, whether custom hardware for a remodeled kitchen, a set of handles to make over an old dresser, a personalized mirror for a nursery, or a wine stopper for the perfect hostess gift.
The nature of handcrafted glass art is that no two pieces are the same. These slight variations and inconsistencies make for a truly unique purchase.
The glass fusing process involves cutting sheets of glass, compiling pieces into the desired design, and then fusing (melting) them together at a precise temperature schedule over many hours to achieve the desired effect. Beezie pieces typically require two firings, which can total over 20 hours firing time and reach temperatures around 1500 degrees during the firing process. Orders typically take 3 weeks to fulfill. It's a long and detailed process--a true labor of love.
Sue’s goal is to make decorative glass hardware for your home that you absolutely love!
All glass pieces are made by hand and no two pieces will be identical. There will always be very slight variations in size and shape. It is these variations that create truly unique functional art for your home.
See a piece that you like but want different colors or some other variation?
Sue is happy to make some variation of a piece you’ve seen at the gallery or on the website, using just the right colors for your project. Let us know which piece(s) you like and what customizations you are looking for (different colors, sizes, etc...)
Want a completely custom designed piece for your home?
Give us a call or send us an email describing what you have in mind and we’ll take it from there.
For custom designs, there is non-refundable $50 fee for consultation and creating up to three samples. It's helpful if you can provide paint chips and/or fabric swatches. Once the artist has a good understanding of your project and design objectives, she will create up to three samples. Hardware bases are not included on samples, and the customer is responsible for shipping costs.
She will create as many samples as you like; the charge is $18 each beyond the initial three.
All samples must be returned once a final design is chosen. Any samples used in the final design will be credited toward the total cost.
Bottom line--I'm obsessed with glass and have been since 2003 when I visited my sister who was living in Italy at the time. We took a boat from Venice to the island of Murano to tour one of the famed glass blowing factories, and the rest, as they say, is history. I was mesmerized by the glass artists blowing elaborate glass vases and amazed when they tossed imperfect creations into the trash.
I considered dumpster diving after those discarded treasures but thought better of it. What I witnessed that day on that tiny Italian island would change my path for good. When I got home I packed my bags and headed west from Charleston to Austin, Texas, where I took a glass blowing class followed by a number of glass fusing classes. I spent seven wonderful years there, perfecting my art while soaking up the scene and the "Keep Austin Weird" culture. When not working on my glass skills, I was listening to live music, running around Town Lake, cruising my favorite West 6th Street watering holes with friends, and scouring the city for the world’s best breakfast taco. I had a fun run in Austin, but family and the call of the South Carolina beaches beckoned me back east in 2011, and Charleston is now home again.
Murano ignited my passion for glass, Austin cultivated it, and in Charleston I have focused on building a business creating innovative fused glass hardware for homes. I love creating custom pieces to compliment a customer's individual home aesthetic.
P.S. Beezie is my nickname. It was a moniker bestowed on me at birth, and it stuck...