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April started working with glass in 1997, at open access hot shop studios in her hometown of Seattle, WA. She went on to study at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia where she earned a BFA with honors majoring in glass and graduating in 2004. In 2003, Surgent met master Czech engraver Mr. Jiri Harcuba (who later became her mentor) at Pilchuck glass school and changed her focus from blown to engraved glass. After completing her studies in Canberra she moved back to the U.S. where she set up an engraving studio. Surgent exhibits, teaches and lectures internationally and has received many accolades for her work. In late 2013, the artist travelled to Antarctica with the National Science Foundation and is now focusing on a body of work expressing her experiences of the Antarctic.