Rebecca Zhukov

"Working with molten glass allows me to fuel my passion for the organic form. By relinquishing control of the material, I am able to work in a style that approaches controlled chaos and truly shows the properties of molten glass."

Rebecca Zhukov's work focuses on organic forms. Her use of color adds a hint of surrealism. Much of her work is built up with multiple layers of glass, then deconstructed in the sandblaster to soften the texture. Working with asymmetrical glass reminds her that this medium has its own voice. She has learned to listen to the glass.

Rebecca Zhukov begins each piece using traditional glassblowing techniques. Her nests are sculpted from multiple trails of clear glass that are layered on one at a time. Because of the randomness of this process, no two sculptures are alike. After the glassblowing process is finished, the nest is ground down, sandblasted, and finally acid etched to give it a warm, frosted glow.

Rebecca Zhukov received a BFA with honors from Alfred University in 1990. She continued honing her skills at Pilchuck School of Glass, UrbanGlass, and Penland School of Crafts, where she studied with Curtiss Brock, Rob Levin, Richard Ritter, and Jan Mares. She worked as an assistant to Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush before starting her own studio in 1993. Her award-winning sculptures are shown across the US.

The White House, The White House, Washington, D.C., 1998
Smithsonian Museum Renwick Gallery, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1999