Letter from Maayan Elyakim
AIDA scholarship recipient - Pilchuck Glass School
Thank you so much for this unbelievably amazing experience!
It was beyond everything I could have expected, and I feel privileged for the opportunity to experience this special magic - real utopia for artists and craftsman - living in this beautiful forest with a view of the ocean, meeting amazing artists and gentle human beings from all over the world, working in the best facilities one can imagine, and learning from real masters. I completely fell in love with Glass and with the Pilchuck community.
It wasn't easy at all coming there with no actual experience in glass working, though the fact that I had experience working with many other materials and that I had wonderful instructors helped me a lot. Because of these reasons I focused and dedicated my time to learn basic skills and practice them rather than trying to complete one project. I am starting to get the equipment I need in order to keep working with glass in my studio and I'm very excited about it, I will keep you posted with new works and achievements in glass and in general.
Again, thank you and AIDA so so so much!
All the best,