We are so excited to present artist and designer Deborah Czeresko. The winner of the first season of Netflix’s hit series Blown Away, she first started working with glass in 1987 at the New York Experimental Glass Workshop, now called UrbanGlass. Through a new partnership with Colony, Czeresko has released two new collections, Ameba and Sneakerheads.
The Ameba Collection features a reimagined decanter and highball glasses inspired by the human body. “I wanted to explore and create something body-like,” says Czeresko, “and amoeba extensions look like arms or fingers. Pseudopods also act like glass - endless forms that can create and move on their own.”
The Sneakerheads Collection encompasses four glass designs, from low-top to high-top sneakers. The pieces from the collection use a molding technique to create the shape, and the details are meticulously hand-carved after the glass cools. Each sneaker will come with shoelace options; copper silver, stainless steel, and patina bronze.
“To work with another designer, you need to have a natural dialogue, and with Jean, the collaboration came very naturally,” Czeresko explains. “We are able to work together on different ideas, explore different options, and really collaborate.”
"Deborah's work is both special and authentic; it manages to hold space playfully while still commanding the audience's attention," says Jean Lin. "I'm thrilled to celebrate such a genuine voice within our community at Colony and am an undisputed fan of her work. The Netflix series Blown Away was prime quarantine viewing in my household, and I was cheering for her throughout the season."
Deborah Czeresko is a New York City-based artist and designer, best known for her work with glass. Her work references food, art history, gender, her experiences as a queer artist, and her current practice includes hot glass sculpting, performance, and collaboration. The winner of the first season of Netflix’s Blown Away, Czeresko’s work has been sought after by artists and designers such as Eric Fischl, Robert Gober, Deborah Berke, Annabelle Seldorf, and FORM Architecture. Her work can also be found at the Corning Museum of Glass in upstate New York and the Toledo Museum in Ohio.
Photography: Sean Davidson