Sue Rioux has been creating kaleidoscopes for over 20 years and keeps getting better and better. Her scopes incorporate dichroic and fused dichroic glass and are built with traditional copper foil stained glass techniques.
Each of her pieces is signed and dated – even her small marble kaleidoscopes. She etches directly into the glass with a grinding tool. Her background is in sculpture as well so she builds parlor kaleidoscopes with brass rods. Her fusing of glass is always unique as the dichroic glass layers in so many colors to play with the light. And her newest designs are playing with the shape of the barrel as well. Take a look at Black Orbit.
One of my favorite designs by Sue is the Serendipity. This kaleidoscope showcases dichroic glass and patterned dichroic glass beautifully and the barrel features many pieces fused by Sue in her kiln as well.