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Sue Rioux

rioux.jpgSue Rioux Designs | Kennebunk, Maine

Sue  Rioux has been pursuing artistic endeavors from a very young age. She started as a watercolorist, literally selling her paintings at local art shows starting at age nine. This experience taught her critical color theory she uses to this day. She moved on to creating stained glass art of all kinds for many years. But she found her true niche designing and creating award-winning glass kaleidoscopes. Her creativity seems to have no bounds, with exquisite oil-cell kaleidoscopes, as well as her signature stained-glass barrel styles, all copper soldered and decorated with special glass details. She works from her home studio, surrounded by the nature that inspires her.

(On a personal note, Sue Rioux introduced the co-owners of Cape Kaleidoscopes, Jon Greene, who creates his own line, Chesnik Scopes, and Suzanne Greene, who formerly had her own line of women's outerwear and accessories, selling them at high-end retail shows, often alongside Sue's kaleidoscopes. Several years later, Suzanne has Sue to thank for her major career change to owning and managing a kaleidoscopes store--and for meeting Jon!)

We like to show the breadth of each artist's kaleidoscope line, which explains why it may appear that we don't have many in stock. If you don't see the "Add to Cart" button for the item you want below, please contact us about special ordering it. Keep in mind that they are all handcrafted, and take more time to create than manufactured items. They may appear slightly different in color and/or pattern than the photos below of the ones we had in stock in the past. This can be based on the artist's current supply of glass at the time of ordering, where they may cut the pieces of glass on a large sheet of shifting patterns, and of course, their expert, artistic choice.

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