Alto Artists’ Studio Tour
Spotlighting Artist Pam Schuster

Pam Schuster had never really thought about becoming an artist.  She was creative with home-improvement projects, but never considered herself artistic.  It was serendipity that transformed her thinking.  At an artist’s studio tour and gallery in El Paso, while admiring jewelry by one of the artisan’s, Pam’s husband remarked, “When are you going to make me some jewelry?”  Pam was puzzled since his request was clearly not something that had been previously discussed. He continued his request until six months passed and Pam said “Fine, I’ll make you a bracelet.”

She had no background in jewelry-making so she contacted the jeweler they had seen at the gallery and asked, with compensation, if he would teach her.  After several lessons it was apparent that Pam was a quick learner.  The learning was difficult, as the instructor had learned from his father through years of apprenticeship but had never learned terminology or how to teach.  

Still committed, Pam registered in the Metals Department at UTEP in 2008, taught by professor Rachelle Thiewes, an internationally known jeweler. This experience was fun, fascinating and challenging.  Pam began considering herself an artist.

El Paso resident, Carlie Pine raves about Pam’s work, “I bought Pam's first fused glass/multi-media mosaic...in fact, I was the first person to see it and bought it on the spot!  That was 8 years ago and I still love the way it seems to change colors as the light shifts throughout the day."

While the class was proceeding, a good friend asked Pam if she wanted to spend a weekend playing with fusing glass and beading.  “Sounds fun,” said Pam, and shortly she was hooked on creating glass objects.

As fun as glass was, over the succeeding years Pam focused on jewelry, honing her skills using primarily silver with some gold and gemstones.  Last year, she decided to return to glass.  Almost immediately, her glass pieces got her into galleries in Santa Fe and Ruidoso, and into a juried show in El Paso, where her works sold out.

El Paso resident, Carlie Pine raves about Pam’s work, “I bought Pam's first fused glass/multi-media mosaic...in fact, I was the first person to see it and bought it on the spot!  That was 8 years ago and I still love the way it seems to change colors as the light shifts throughout the day."

Pam lives in El Paso and Alto and is currently the President of the Alto Artists Studio Tour organization.