The Science Of Art … And The Art Of Science … At Los Alamos Makers

Sue Bombardt teaching a glass fusion class to students from the PAC 8 after school program. Students visited Los Alamos Makers to work on a PSA video. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers
A custom glass dish and a dichroic-glass pendant made by a participant during the previous beginners glass fusion class at Los Alamos Makers. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers
By Los Alamos Makers

One doesn’t have to choose between Art and Science. Although Los Alamos Makers at 3540 Orange St., Suite LV1, is driven by Science and Technology, it is a place where technology geeks and novices let loose and get creative. Likewise, it is a place where artists learn to appreciate and incorporate technology in their creations. Sometimes, the artist is really a scientist and the scientist, an artist.

Sue Bombardt is a retired laboratory medicine professional who began creating with stained glass in 1975. She added lampwork and fused glass to her palette in 2003.

It is captivating to hear how Bombardt brings her science background to her glass art and see how creative she gets by combining the different techniques she has learned over the years to create original and beautiful pieces. 

Understanding the physics of glass helps Bombardt anticipate how glass will look and behave based on various factors such as type of glass, tools and temperature gradients. 

From 2008 to 2017, Bombardt taught bead making, lampworking, stained glass and fused glass in Kalamazoo, Mich., at the West Michigan Glass Art Center. 

Bombardt moved in April 2017 to Los Alamos. A few months later, she learned about Los Alamos Makers and wanted to check it out. She went to the first “Jewelry Making” meetup with some of her creations and blew everyone away with the diversity of her craft.

Bombardt has since volunteered and taught classes at the makerspace for people of all ages. 

She will teach three more classes before her summer break. Her “Beginners’ Stained Glass” class is popular, so in order to accommodate various schedules she is offering an evening series and a weekend series. The evening series starts Tuesday, May 22,) and her Saturday class starts Saturday, May 26. She also will offer a “Beginners’ Glass Fusion” class Wednesday, June 6.

Space is limited to maintain a collegial and relaxed atmosphere.

For more information, /visit Los Alamos Makers’ Jewelry Making page at making.

Participants will get to go home with their own original creations and maybe a new passion. 

Having a creative hobby or passion can sometimes be lonely, and costly in terms of material and startup expenses. Having a place to come together, share skills, trade glass, borrow tools and socialize is really nice to have in this community. 

Anyone with a passion to share or interest in exploring a new craft or technology, visit Los Alamos Makers, in person or online at

Browse upcoming events here: https://www.eventbrite. com/o/los-alamos-makers- 15081661768.


Simple stained glass art created by Sue Bombardt.Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers