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Biography: Deborah Czeresko

Deborah Czeresko

Deborah Czeresko’s work originates from personal experience influenced by the complexities of modern day political and social ideas. Her thematic approach addresses the gendering of occupations and art through the lens of a mythical female maestro. “I use glass because of its paradoxical nature as a shapeshifting, gender-defying material,” said Czeresko. “Those qualities make it perfect for me to explore work that combines aesthetics with a social or political message.”

A New York City-based artist, Czeresko uses a range of approaches and techniques in her work including hot glass sculpting, performance, and collaboration. She began working with glass at the New York Experimental Glass Workshop in 1987 after earning a BA in psychology from Rutgers University. In 1992, she earned a graduate degree in studio art at Tulane University, New Orleans. Since then, she has been a glassblowing instructor and visiting artist at many universities and schools throughout the United States and in Europe. She has previously performed at UrbanGlass and Brooklyn Glass, both in Brooklyn, N.Y., as well as The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va. In 2019, she was featured as a contestant on Blown Away, an art glass competition show created by Marblemedia. 

Czeresko’s work has been publicly exhibited across the United States, including at The Corning Museum of Glass. She was selected as one of the 100 artists included in New Glass Now, a global survey of contemporary glass that opened in May 2019. Additionally, one of her finished works from Blown Away is showcased in Blown Away: Glassblowing Comes to Netflix, a temporary display in the Museum's Amphitheater Hot Shop that delves into the Museum’s involvement in the show.