Deborah Czeresko currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She began working with glass in 1987 after completing a B.A. in psychology at Rutgers University. Her original focus in glass was the mastery of Renaissance Venetian glassblowing under the tutelage of the maestro William Gudenrath and later studies with Venetian maestros Lino Tagliapietra, Pino Signoretto, Dino Rosin, and Elio Quarissa in traditional Venetian style. In 1991 she attended graduate school at Tulane University to pursue large-scale glass sculpting and hot casting with professor Gene Koss. At this time she also studied Czech sculpting with Petr Novotny, inspired by its more expressive gestures.
Since graduating, she has been an instructor at Pilchuck Glass School, Tyler School of Art, New York University, Parsons School of Design, and Urban Glass. She has been a visiting artist and lecturer at numerous universities and schools throughout the U.S and in Europe. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines including Dwell, Architectural Digest, and Elle Décor. During her residency, Deborah will be working on a project titled, “Guild, Gilt, Guilt and Glut” (from Maestro to Machine the evolution of glass objects)
“The project will be part Social Commentary and part Participatory Theater. It will embark on a critical attempt to foster dialog between the history of the glass fabrication process, the politics of crafting and the often overlooked feelings of the local community. This project will capitalize on the WheatonArts studio as an institutional microcosm exemplary of what craft was and could be. In an attempt to escape the conventionality connected to glass and to the so-called applied arts the objects will use both tradition and experimentation in their production.”