Prof. Susan Ryza

Prof. Susan Ryza

Part-time Faculty
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Susan teaches Jewelry-Making & Fiber Arts/Needlecrafts.
You can view her work on her website: www.susanryza.com.
SUSAN'S BIO:
She earned a BFA in Textile Design & Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design, and an MS in Bilingual Education from Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus.  From 1977-1979, she worked with weavers in the Peace Corps in El Salvador, developing new designs and marketing strategies.  Between 1979 & 1995, she owned and operated Toucan Hats & Accessories, a wholesale millinery design & manufacturing and Latin American handcraft import business.  She moved to Santa Monica, CA from New York City in 1990.

In 2000, Susan started teaching crafts at The Westside Waldorf School in Santa Monica. Since then, she has taught jewelry-making, knitting, crochet, weaving, sewing, needlework, macrame, & basket-weaving to both children and adults at Wildfiber, Crossroads School, Michael’s Craft Store, Will Rogers School and Seven Arrows School. She is currently a faculty member of Santa Monica College, teaching at SMC’s Emeritus program & at SMC’s Continuing & Community Education Program. She also teaches private & small group jewelry-making classes in her home studio. Her work has been displayed at Becket Arts Center in Massachusetts and at the Emeritus Gallery in Santa Monica.