Sue works from her home studio in KeriKeri in the beautiful Bay Of Islands in New Zealand. From a background in international journalism, glass making is now Sue's sole focus.
“Glass is a mesmerising medium with its refractive, reflective and transparent qualities. I harness these qualities when designing and creating my forms. In fact, I create art with light itself”.
Sue's works have the characteristic sugar-like texture, vibrant colours and precise colour placement of pate de verre. However the size of her works takes this style into a sculptural space giving her works have a mesmerising presence. Hawker’s inventiveness is seen in “new methods of mould making and commanding the widely different melting temperatures of the variously coloured glass” Tina Oldnow, Head Curator of the Corning Glass Museum, NY, acknowledged Hawker’s radical reinterpretation of the traditional style and techniques of pate de verre and thus pioneering achievement of developing an entirely new way of working.