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Katya's formal art education involved full-time study as a sculptor, mould-maker and ceramicist. She studied for 2 years at the Tel-Aviv Art Centre and for 4 years on a BFA at Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem. After graduating, in 2002, she was offered a job in one of the biggest glass studios in Israel: a non-profit organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation of youth at risk, selling glass products made in the factory throughout Israel and the USA.
Here Katya was responsible for the development and design of functional glass products, overseeing the production process, programming kilns and advising on all stages of production - here her love of glass became fully established. She was then offered the freedom to explore glass as a creative medium.
After 4 months in Seattle exploring the glass scene and joining glass classes in Pilchuck, the Pratt Fine Art Centre and the Glass Furnace in Turkey, her path to an International recognition was established. In September 2008 she was invited to participate at Pilchuck's EAiR residency ( Seattle glass school founded by glassmaker and sculptor, Dale Chihuly) http:/?/?www.?pilchuck.?com
In 2009 Katya moved from Israel to the UK to take an MA at the University of Sunderland which she accomplished with Distinction. Her major project 'Pain Killers' was purchased in 2010 for the Contemporary Glass Collection at Tyne & Wear Museums. Her skill and artistry was recognised by the Stanley Picker Trust who awarded her a grant and representation in their London Collection.
In 2011 Katya was invited to participate in a collaborative residency between North Lands Creative Glass and the SSW ( Scottish Sculpture Workshop), where she was given the opportunity to explore bronze casting and glass casting hand in hand.
Her studio is based at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, UK where she runs her business and undertakes some specialist commissions for the Glass Centre Studio. The most recent of these being the Glenfiddich Stag Head casts for 21 international airports and public art sculptures for the Royal Victoria Infirmary hospitals in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
The Signature Range
These beautiful glass pieces are made of 3 layers of sheet glass, silkscreen printed, fused and slumped. Each piece is fired three times, is hand made and unique. Most work include quotations by Virginia Woolf, T.S Eliot, Eleanor Roosevelt and others.