Susan Pratt-Smith was born in Stoneham, MA and attended the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. She has received numerous awards from the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and a First Place Award from the Art Glass Association of Southern California in San Diego.
Pratt-Smith has been commissioned to create artworks for NH buildings through the Percent for Art Program, including the Glencliff Home for the Elderly in Glencliff. She also created the 2001 Governors Arts Award for Individual Arts Patron. Pratt-Smith has exhibited at the Alianza Gallery in Boston, MA and at Spring Street Gallery in New York City. Locally, her work has been seen at McGowan Fine Art in Concord, NJM Gallery in Portmouth and at the Wentworth Coolidge Museum in Rye.
She began her fused dichroic glasswork through training funded by the NH State Council on the Arts in 1997 with Newy Fagan and later at the North Country Studio Conference. Her popular and highly recognizable jewelry pieces adorn women all over the country and her larger wall-pieces hang in many private homes.
Installations of Pratt-Smith's stained glass works can be found in St. James Episcopal Church in Laconia, Portsmouth Regional Hospital Chapel, New Hampshire Veterans' Cemetery Chapel in Boscawen, Southern Maine Technical College in Portland, and at St. Paul's Church in Concord.
"I have always been fascinated by the connection that is made between entities. I'm interested in relationships, whether they are between couples, children and their parents, or the earth and mankind," explains Pratt-Smith. "I respond to these interests by reflecting on my observations of them visually in my work. I attempt to suggest a dialogue between components that balance or imbalance. I see our world in that light, a composite of perfect to less than perfect relationships that persist and shape our existence."
Pratt-Smith is married to sculptor Gary Haven Smith. They live in Northwood with their 16-year-old son Devon. This is Susan Pratt-Smith's second Fellowship from the NH State Council on the Arts. She received her first in 1993.