Susan Hyde was born in Galion, Ohio, and received her BS in Advertising Design from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture & Art in 1963. She traveled to Seattle in 1968 with her former husband and 3 year old son Sebastian, and has lived here ever since, moving to Bremerton in 2001 after buying her first home here.
"I worked at newspapers my whole life, as an illustrator, typographer, composing room lead, and finally at the Seattle Times in classified Advertising. On the side in the 1970's, I made Bakers Clay (flour, salt and water) Ornaments that I sold at the Pike Place Market and a gallery in Pioneer Square. I quit my full time job in the early 90's to make polymer clay ornaments, jewelry and sculpture that I sold wholesale to galleries coast to coast. I joined the Northwest Polymer Clay Guild when it first started, and taught at several conventions, traveled to other guilds in Ohio and California to teach weekend classes.
I also did all the local juried shows: Bellevue Arts Fair, University Fair, Fremont Fair, Edmonds Arts Festival and Best of the Northwest. After seven years, I took a job at the Seattle Times, from which I retired in 2006. Polymer clay is like painting with solid color, or sculpting with solid paint. I achieve my interesting "faux fabrics" using a pasta machine and creative layering, add inclusions such as glitter, embossing powders, and a lot of color."