Maria Dovganiuk is a Glass Artist based in Jerusalem, Israel. Maria began working with glass in 2016 while attending the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem. Her work is strongly influenced by her previous studies in engineering highlighting the love for precision and proper technique. Maria is currently focused in kiln casting as well as flameworking. The challenges of the two very different disciplines are exactly what drives her focus. Knowledge is everything and learning the nuances of glass and its temperamental nature is what motivates Maria as she learns how to express herself with such a beautifully frustrating medium.
Working with glass is like opening Pandora's box. There is no turning back after experiencing the intoxicating effects of literally playing with fire. It’s attraction overshadows the countless unexpected troubles it presents. Glass is beautiful in it’s delicateness but equally beautiful in strength. It is visually strong, transparent, fragile and magical. I love the challenge that a difficult material such as glass presents, it’s like learning a new language. I like the materials vast possibilities from blown vessels to large cast objects to flat paintings using frit. It’s a timeless material.
As Leonardo Da Vinci said: "Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return"