Katya’s formal art education involved full-time study as a sculptor, mould-maker & ceramicist. She studied for 2 years at the Tel-Aviv Art Centre & 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 & the USA.
Here Katya was responsible for the development & 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 & Katya was offered the freedom to explore glass as a creative medium. She was offered a kiln & private studio space within the factory to pursue her own creative works.
After 4 months in Seattle exploring the glass scene & joining glass classes in Pilchuck, the Pratt Fine Art Centre & the Glass Furnace in Turkey, her path to an International recognition was established. In September 2008 she offered 1, of only 6, two month EAiR (Emerging Artists’ in Residence) scholarships for Pilchuck, (the Seattle glass school founded by the worlds famous glassmaker & sculptor, Dale Chihuly) http://www.pilchuck.com
In 2009 Katya moved from Israel to the UK to undertake an MA course at University of Sunderland. Upon graduation her major project 'Pain Killers' was immediately purchased for the Contemporary Glass Collection at Tyne & Wear Museums. Her skill & artistry was recognised by the Stanley Picker Trust who awarded her a grant & representation in their London Collection.
Her studio is based at the prestigious National Glass Centre where she runs her business & also undertakes some specialist casting commissions for the Glass Centre Studio. These include: