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Monday, February 07, 2022


               Clearly Susan Paints Hearts 

              For Valentine's Day


                                   There is a special surprise so click

                         hearts, lots of them, as many as you

                         can. But hurry, surprise goes away soon!

Cupid surely shot lots of hearts with his pointed arrow on this brightly red and festive hand painted Valentine's Day wine glass. The hearts are all varied in sizes and entwined with ribbons of red and gold.  

Some hearts are hand painted brightly red while others are left open symbolizing to let love in. Celebrate this day of Love with your Valentine by drinking your favorite nectar from these hand painted Valentine's Day wine glasses.  


How the Legend started:

St. Valentine’s Day,  February 14,  a holiday when lovers express their devotion and affection for each other, has its roots in another medieval holiday held around the Roman festival of Lupercalia which was celebrated for the coming of spring, fertility, and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. Yikes, that is medieval. Can you imagine? The thought conjure ups scary images of another holiday, Halloween.

Anyway, thank goodness for Pope Gelasius forbid the holiday and some attributed with replacing it with St. Valentine’s Day which did not start off as a day of love and romance.

At around 270 CE, the emperor Claudius II Gothicus who was a martyred priest signed a letter to his jailer’s daughter whom he healed from blindness, “from your Valentine”.  Other’s believe that a bishop, St Valentine of Terni, for whom the holiday is named, defied the emperor , and secretly married couples to spare the husbands from war. That is why it is a feast day associated with love.

It wasn’t until the 1500’s that formal messages or Valentines appeared and then in 1700’s commercially printed cards were used. In the US this custom of sending commercially printed cards didn’t come about until the 1800’s. Cupid, the Roman god of love, along with hearts became the symbol of emotion. Because the avian mating season starts in February, they also, became a symbol of this treasured day.

St. Valentine’s Day became popular all over the world, and it is not uncommon for couples to get engaged or married. Then this celebration began to spread among friend, relatives and especially, school children love to exchange valentine’s.


Monday, April 20, 2020

Where Would We Be Without Mom? Celebrate Mother's Day

Clearly Susan's Unique
 Mother's Day Gifts
Memories Last A Lifetime And So Does Glassware

Give a gift of hand painted glassware

mothersday 2019 from Susan Rehm on Vimeo.

Clearly Susan's magnolia cake plate

Buy Now Clearly Susan's cake plates

Clearly Susan's cake plate with dome in Magnolia design depicts the true Southern charm of the South. Large velvety petals In various shades of white and ivory are surrounded by green overlapping leaves etched in gold. Special requests welcomed!

Our beautiful cake plate with dome great for entertaining large parties or for smaller gatherings of family and friends. Perfect gift for weddings and anniversaries.

Mother's Day

There is one relationship that is recognized and celebrated all over the world and it is undeniably the most revered among all others and that is the bond between mother and her family.

Nowhere is one person most honored for her love, devotion, and commitment than it is no wonder that a special day has been set aside just for her, especially in this male-dominated world.

The celebration of Mother has taken place since the early Greeks and Romans who held festivals for the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. Then the Christian festival in our day of the United Kingdom and Europe became "Mothering Sunday" and fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent when the faithful returned to the mother Church.

The origins of Mother's Day started in the United States before the Civil War in the 19th century, Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia started Mother's Day Women's Clubs to show women how to care for their babies and young children.

In 1870an abolitionist and suffragette, Julia Ward Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” a call to action that asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace.

In May 1908 Ann Reeves Jarvis organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in West Virginia in paying tribute to her own mother. She started a massive letter-writing campaign all over the United States to make mother's day a national holiday. She got her wish when Woodrow Wilson declared in 1914 Mother's Day a national holiday.

But it was not long after that florists and card companies began to commercialize it that Ms. Jarvis spoke out against it with charities, women's groups and lobbied with the government to have it removed from the calendar.

Down through the years, Mother's Day has been a time for women rights activists to use to launch their own causes for and against women such as Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King who used Mother's Day to support a march in 1970 for underprivileged women and children.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Clearly Susan’s Painted Wine Glasses For The Wine Connoisseur

Custom Wine Glasses

The wine connoisseur who is an expert in all the finer things of life knows a thing or two about what embodies the full flavor of a good bottle of wine. He or she should as they study what is the age-old process of those beautiful Sunkist grapes to make a savory taste for your palate taste so good. 

So as more and more savory adults drink vino not only for the taste but, also for health benefits then why would you drink this delectable fruit in anything but the finest of glassware. A wonderful trend if you are into that sort of thing is to have a collection of custom wine glasses painted in a variety of exquisite designs to please the most discerning tastes. 

There are wine glasses with flowers and vegetables for the garden lover who loves anything that grows. The traveler will delight in our French wine glasses painted of various architectural highlights like St. Michael and St. Malo and the French countryside. Clearly Susan can’t leave out the animal lover as she will paint your favorite dog or cat, pig, goat, iguana on any type of glassware imaginable.

Here is where the true beauty lies in our pieces, the uniqueness of our designs and the rarity of our glassware.

Don’t take our word for it take a look for yourself and you will be amazed at the various choices you will have. Your decision won’t be in whether to buy our wine glasses, but which one!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Clearly Susan's Christmas Dinnerware With Holly Berries

Clearly Susan's Christmas Dinnerware With Holly Berries

    When you click on Buy you will be taken to our website so that you can see all our other related pieces that go with our Holly Berry Plate   

(It's Time To Get Ready For The Holidays)

Clearly, Susan's Christmas dinnerware with bright leaves in various shades of green is perfect for holiday entertaining or dining at home. These Christmas plates complement other items in our Christmas collection, featuring holly berries such as cake plates, cups and saucers, and bowls.
When you buy Christmas dinnerware in the stores you see the same patterns with nothing new from a manufacturer. We can design and create something fresh and new for the holiday season.
The wonderful thing about ordering from Clearly Susan is that we can create matching pieces in bowls, coffee cups, platters, serve ware pieces and glasses.
Christmas Dinnerware set consists
  • 1 dinner plate 10 inches wide
  • 1 dessert or salad plate 7 inches wide
  • 1 bowl 6 1/2 inch wide
  • 1 regular size cup and saucer
  • You can choose other designs in Special Request Box
  • Paints are Permanent
  • Takes 1-2 weeks to complete order
  • Order is 100 % Guaranteed

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Different Types of Glassware and When Should You Use Them? by Clearly Susan

Clearly Susan's Glassware 


Clearly Susan's Different Types Of Glassware.....

There are various types of glassware in different shapes and sizes, all serving their own purpose. Learning which drinks belong to which glass is beneficial to you. They receive a higher quality drink, which in turn reflects back on you and/or your establishment.

Ensure all glassware is cleaned spotless before serving it to your customers. Wash glasses with warm water and a small amount of detergent (not soap), rinsing them afterward with fresh cold water, and polishing them with a suitable cloth. Hold glasses by the base or stem of the glass to avoid fingerprints.

Beer mug 
The traditional beer container. Typical Size: 16 oz.
These are some of my favorites. There are just your standard beer glasses and mugs, but it is what we do with them that makes them so special. 

These glasses make great sports beer glasses with your favorite guy's sports team logo or sport hand-painted. We hand paint the logos and different sports designs such as jersey helmets, bats, balls, nets, hockey sticks. You tell us which sports team logo and we do the rest. 


beer glassesbeer mug

You have  perfect sports beer glasses for any occasion

Yankees logo hand painted on beer glassRaiders beer glass

Brandy snifter...The shape of this glass concentrates the alcoholic odors to the top of the glass as your hands warm the brandy. Typical Size:  5 1/2 oz.

clear crystal brandy sniffer

I wanted to show my crystal Cherrywood by Gorham. I love this pattern today even after 36 years ago. That is what we love about China and Crystal.......... they stand the test of time. The unique thing about this brandy sniffer is that it only holds 3 1/2 oz. It is adorable as it is so small. Just enough brandy after a wonderful meal, but not too much to make you feel overstuffed. I have a larger but I love the petite size

hand painted champagne glass

Champagne flute...... This tulip-shaped glass is designed to show off the waltzing bubbles of the wine as they brush against the side of the glass and spread out into a sparkling mousse. Typical Size: 6 oz.

Cocktail glass 

This glass has a triangle-bowl design with a long stem and is used for a wide range of straight-up (without ice) cocktails, including martinis, manhattans, metropolitans, and gimlets. Also known as a martini glass. Typical Size: 4-12 oz.

Clear martini glass for hand painting

Coffee mug 

The traditional mug is used for hot coffee. Typical Size: 12-16 oz.

hand painted coffee mughand painted coffee mug

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Clearly Susan's Update On The History Of Glass

Clearly Susan  2019 Update On The History Of Glass

The discovery of Glass, Natural glass has existed since the beginnings of time, formed when certain types of rocks melt as a result of high-temperature phenomena such as volcanic eruptions, lightning strikes or the impact of meteorites, and then cool and solidify rapidly.

Stone-age man is believed to have used cutting tools made of obsidian (a natural glass of volcanic origin also known as hyalopsite, Iceland agate, or mountain mahogany) and tektites (naturally-formed glasses of extraterrestrial or another origin, also referred to as obsidianites).

According to the ancient-Roman historian Pliny (AD 23-79), Phoenician merchants transporting stone actually discovered glass (or rather became aware of its existence accidentally) in the region of Syria around 5000 BC. Pliny tells how the merchants, after landing, rested cooking pots on blocks of nitrate placed by their fire.

With the intense heat of the fire, the blocks eventually melted and mixed with the sand of the beach to form an opaque liquid.
This brief history looks, however, at the origins and evolution of man-made glass.

5000 BC

A craft is borne earliest man-made glass objects, mainly non-transparent glass beads, are thought to date back to around 3500 BC, with finds in Egypt and Eastern Mesopotamia. In the third millennium, in central Mesopotamia, the basic raw materials of glass were being used principally to produce glazes on pots and vases.
The discovery may have been coincidental, with calciferous sand finding its way into an overheated kiln and combining with soda to form a coloured glaze on the ceramics. It was then, above all, Phoenician merchants and sailors who spread this new art along the coasts of the Mediterranean.

3500 BC

The oldest fragments of glass vases (evidence of the origins of the hollow glass industry), however, date back to the 16th century BC and were found in Mesopotamia. Hollow glass production was also evolving around this time in Egypt, and there is evidence of other ancient glassmaking activities emerging independently in Mycenae (Greece), China and North Tyrol.

16th century BC

Early hollow glass production after 1500 BC, Egyptian craftsmen are known to have begun developing a method for producing glass pots by dipping a core mould of compacted sand into molten glass and then turning the mould so that molten glass adhered to it. While still soft, the glass-covered mould could then be rolled on a slab of stone in order to smooth or decorate it. The earliest examples of Egyptian glassware are three vases bearing the name of the Pharaoh Thutmose III (1504-1450 BC), who brought glassmakers to Egypt as prisoners following a successful military campaign in Asia.

1500 BC

There is little evidence of further evolution until the 9th century BC, when glassmaking revived in Mesopotamia. Over the following 500 years, glass production centred on Alessandria, from where it is thought to have spread to Italy.

9th century BC

The first glassmaking "manual" dates back to around 650 BC. Instructions on how to make glass are contained in tablets from the library of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal (669-626 BC).

650 BC

Starting to blow major breakthrough in glassmaking was the discovery of glassblowing sometime between 27 BC and AD 14, attributed to Syrian craftsmen from the Sidon-Babylon area. The long thin metal tube used in the blowing process has changed very little since then. In the last century BC, the ancient Romans then began blowing glass inside moulds, greatly increasing the variety of shapes possible for hollow glass items.

27 BC-AD 14

The Roman connection, Romans also did much to spread glassmaking technology. With its conquests, trade relations, road building, and effective political and economical administration, the Roman Empire created the conditions for the flourishing of glassworks across western Europe and the Mediterranean.

During the reign of the emperor Augustus, glass objects began to appear throughout Italy, in France, Germany and Switzerland. Roman glass has even been found as far afield as China, shipped there along the silk routes.

It was the Romans who began to use glass for architectural purposes, with the discovery of clear glass (through the introduction of manganese oxide) in Alexandria around AD 100. Cast glass windows, albeit with poor optical qualities, thus began to appear in the most important buildings in Rome and the most luxurious villas of Herculaneum and Pompeii.

With the geographical division of the empires, glass craftsmen began to migrate less, and eastern and western glassware gradually acquired more distinct characteristics. Alexandria remained the most important glassmaking area in the East, producing luxury glass items mainly for export.

The world-famous Portland Vase is perhaps the finest known example of Alexandrian skills. In Rome's Western empire, the city of Köln in the Rhineland developed as the hub of the glassmaking industry, adopting, however, mainly eastern techniques.

Then, the decline of the Roman Empire and culture slowed progress in the field of glassmaking techniques, particularly through the 5th century. Germanic glassware became less ornate, with craftsmen abandoning or not developing the decorating skills they had acquired.

AD 100

The early Middle AgesArchaeological excavations on the island of Torcello near Venice, Italy, have unearthed objects from the late 7th and early 8th centuries which bear witness to the transition from ancient to early Middle Ages production of glass.

Towards the year 1000, a significant change in European glassmaking techniques took place. Given the difficulties in importing raw materials, soda glass was gradually replaced by glass made using the potash obtained from the burning of trees. At this point, glass made north of the Alps began to differ from glass made in the Mediterranean area, with Italy, for example, sticking to soda ash as its dominant raw material.

Sheet glass skills The 11th century also saw the development by German glass craftsmen of a technique - then further developed by Venetian craftsmen in the 13th century - for the production of glass sheets. By blowing a hollow glass sphere and swinging it vertically, gravity would pull the glass into a cylindrical "pod" measuring as much as 3 metres long, with a width of up to 45 cm.

While still hot, the ends of the pod were cut off and the resulting cylinder cut lengthways and laid flat. Other types of sheet glass included crown glass (also known as "bullions"), relatively common across western Europe. With this technique, a glass ball was blown and then opened outwards on the opposite side to the pipe. Spinning the semi-molten ball then caused it to flatten and increase in size, but only up to a limited diameter.

The panes thus created would then be joined with lead strips and pieced together to create windows. Glazing remained, however, a great luxury up to the late Middle Ages, with royal palaces and churches the most likely buildings to have glass windows.

 Stained glass windows reached their peak as the Middle Ages drew to a close, with an increasing number of public buildings, inns and the homes of the wealthy fitted with clear or coloured glass decorated with historical scenes and coats of arms.

11th century

Venice the Middle Ages, the Italian city of Venice assumed its role as the glassmaking centre of the western world. The Venetian merchant fleet ruled the Mediterranean waves and helped supply Venice's glass craftsmen with the technical know-how of their counterparts in Syria, and with the artistic influence of Islam.

The importance of the glass industry in Venice can be seen not only in the number of craftsmen at work there (more than 8,000 at one point).

A 1271 ordinance, a type of glass sector statute, laid down certain protectionist measures such as a ban on imports of foreign glass and a ban on foreign glassmakers who wished to work in Venice: non-Venetian craftsmen were themselves clearly sufficiently skilled to pose a threat.

Until the end of the 13th century, most glassmaking in Venice took place in the city itself. However, the frequent fires caused by the furnaces led the city authorities, in 1291, to order the transfer of glassmaking to the island of Murano. The measure also made it easier for the city to keep an eye on what was one of its main assets, ensuring that no glassmaking skills or secrets were exported.


In the 14th century, another important Italian glassmaking industry developed at Altare, near Genoa. Its importance lies largely in the fact that it was not subject to the strict statutes of Venice as regards the exporting of glass working skills. Thus, during the 16th century, craftsmen from Altare helped extend the new styles and techniques of Italian glass to other parts of Europe, particularly France.
14th century

In the second half of the 15th century, the craftsmen of Murano started using quartz sand and potash made from sea plants to produce particularly pure crystal. By the end of the 16th century, 3,000 of the island's 7,000 inhabitants were involved in some way in the glassmaking industry.


Lead crystal - The development of lead crystal has been attributed to the English glassmaker George Ravenscroft (1618-1681), who patented his new glass in 1674. He had been commissioned to find a substitute for the Venetian crystal produced in Murano and based on pure quartz sand and potash. By using higher proportions of lead oxide instead of potash, he succeeded in producing a brilliant glass with a high refractive index which was very well suited for deep cutting and engraving. 1674

Advances from FranceIn 1688, in France, a new process was developed for the production of plate glass, principally for use in mirrors, whose optical qualities had, until then, left much to be desired.

The molten glass was poured onto a special table and rolled out flat. After cooling, the plate glass was ground on large round tables by means of rotating cast iron discs and increasingly fine abrasive sands, and then polished using felt disks.

The result of this "plate pouring" process was flat glass with good optical transmission qualities. When coated on one side with a reflective, low melting metal, high-quality mirrors could be produced.

France also took steps to promote its own glass industry and attract glass experts from Venice; not an easy move for Venetians keen on exporting their abilities and know-how, given the history of discouragement of such behaviour (at one point, Venetian glass craftsmen faced death threats if they disclosed glassmaking secrets or took their skills abroad).

The French court, for its part, placed heavy duties on glass imports and offered Venetian glassmakers a number of incentives: French nationality after eight years and total exemption from taxes, to name just two. 1688

From craft to the industry it was not until the latter stages of the Industrial Revolution, however, that mechanical technology for mass production and in-depth scientific research into the relationship between the composition of glass and its physical qualities began to appear in the industry. Industrial Revolution

A key figure and one of the forefathers of modern glass research was the German scientist Otto Schott (1851-1935), who used scientific methods to study the effects of numerous chemical elements on the optical and thermal properties of glass. In the field of optical glass, Schott teamed up with Ernst Abbe (1840-1905), a professor at the University of Jena and joint owner of the Carl Zeiss firm, to make significant technological advances.

Another major contributor in the evolution towards mass production was Friedrich Siemens, who invented the tank furnace. This rapidly replaced the old pot furnace and allowed the continuous production of far greater quantities of molten glass.
late 19th century

Increasing automation towards the end of the 19th century, the American engineer Michael Owens (1859-1923) invented an automatic bottle blowing the machine which only arrived in Europe after the turn of the century. Owens was backed financially by E.D.L. Libbey, owner of the Libbey Glass Co. of Toledo, Ohio.

By the year 1920, in the United States, there were around 200 automatic Owens Libbey Suction Blow machines operating. In Europe, smaller, more versatile machines from companies like O'Neill, Miller and Lynch were also popular.

Added impetus was given to automatic production processes in 1923 with the development of the gob feeder, which ensured the rapid supply of more consistently sized gobs in bottle production. Soon afterwards, in 1925, IS (individual section) machines were developed.

Used in conjunction with the gob feeders, IS machines allowed the simultaneous production of a number of bottles from one piece of equipment. The gob feeder-IS machine combination remains the basis of most automatic glass container production today.

Modern flat glass technology In the production of flat glass (where, as explained earlier, molten glass had previously been poured onto large tables then rolled flat into "plates", cooled, ground and polished before being turned over and given the same treatment on the other surface), the first real innovation came in 1905 when a Belgian named Foucault managed to vertically draw a continuous sheet of glass of a consistent width from the tank.

Commercial production of sheet glass using the Fourcault process eventually got underway in 1914.

Around the end of the First World War, another Belgian engineer Emil Bicheroux developed a process whereby the molten glass was poured from a pot directly through two rollers.

Like the Foucault method, this resulted in a glass with an evener thickness and made grinding and polishing easier and more economical.

An off-shoot of evolution in flat glass production was the strengthening of glass by means of lamination (inserting a celluloid material layer between two sheets of glass). The process was invented and developed by the French scientist Edouard Benedictus, who patented his new safety glass under the name "Triplex" in 1910.

In America, Colburn developed another method for drawing sheet glass. The process was further improved with the support of the US firm Libbey-Owens and was first used for commercial production in 1917.


The Pittsburgh process, developed by the American Pennvernon and the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (PPG), combined and enhanced the main features of the Foucault and Libbey-Owens processes, and has been in use since 1928.


The float process developed after the Second World War by Britain's Pilkington Brothers Ltd. and introduced in 1959, combined the brilliant finish of sheet glass with the optical qualities of plate glass. Molten glass, when poured across the surface of a bath of molten tin, spreads and flattens before being drawn horizontally in a continuous ribbon into the annealing lehr.


Conclusion Although this brief history comes from to a close nearly 40 years ago, technological evolution naturally continues. Not yet ready to be "relegated" to a history of glass are areas such as computerized control systems, coating techniques, solar control technology and "smart matter", the integration of micro-electronic and mechanical know-how to create glass which is able to "react" to external forces.

Friday, August 02, 2019

Clearly Susan’s Hand painted Beach Stools

Can’t Go To The Beach.....Bring The Beach To You

Bring the cool sea breeze to your kitchen or sunroom with Clearly Susan hand painted kitchen or bar stools in unique beach designs to brighten any decor. We love to take custom orders so if you have a 
design of your own then we would love to create if for you.

Clearly Susan’s stools:

  • Cafe Stool measures: 12 3/4" Diameter Seat height 30"H.
  • Also available in 12 3/4" seat diameter Seat height 24"H
  • Simple sturdy construction 
  • Made of Solid Alder Hardwood
  • Ships assembled

Our hand painted bar stools come in a variety of designs and colors. Just pick your choice. The legs are painted whatever color you choose while the stools each have a different beach scene hand painted in fine acrylic paint. 
Once the painting is finished then the custom painted bar stools are sealed several times with a Polyethylene finish. Simple sturdy construction from our unfinished furniture collection.

Monday, August 27, 2018

No Rest For The Weary But Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, Is No Labor!

     No Rest For The Weary But Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, Is No Labor!

    Clearly Susan Says: SHOP 20% OFF. No rest for the weary may be true, but Labor Day is your day! Why not relax, take it easy! And SHOP! A Whole Week of Deals!

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