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“Catharsis”… the powerful emotional, psychological and physical process that consists of bringing to the surface the intensifying and purging of emotions... a self-portrait in glass.

Susan Burton applies her creative gifts to sculptural and public mosaic art. She works closely with clients to develop site-specific and community based creative projects. 

Burton received a bachelors degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in Interior Design and double minored in Art and Architecture. 


A member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, she has studied with teachers from around the world. Her work has been featured in media, books and publications. Her use of symbols, light, and learning influence Burton’s experimentation from a traditional perspective as well as medium contradictions.

Public Artist

Burton's work can be found in public spaces, parks, schools and commercial and residential settings. She specializes in developing community-ready large scale sculptures and mosaic projects. Susan trains all ages to participate.  Burton feels that her public art projects impacts economic development by offering educational and enjoyable collaborative creative opportunities, providing them as a collective purpose of community engagement.


As a perpetual student she explores the creative relationships between history and environments. Reiki, Mandalas and Archetypal studies influence her work. Many ancient cultures use these processes to seek inner symbolic and psychological connections.  



Susan Burton uses concrete, metals and mosaics with many different sculptural techniques. Utilizing both natural and manmade materials Burton creates inspiring projects. Her extensive home studio is home to many sculptures throughout her ten acre mini-farm in Ottawa, IL. She loves to challenge herself with new materials and undertakings.

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