Enjoy this letter from artist Maayan Elyakim, an established young artist working with all kind of materials, who received our Pilchuck scholarship to expand her skills to glass.

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,