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Maria Batista

i. I work as a:
Glassblowing craftsperson who creates unique glass art objects for the home. My work is inspired by bright colours, nature, movement, and playfulness. My glassblowing journey started in 2014 at Terminal City Glass Co-op, which is the studio I still work out of. 
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ii. I do this creative work because:
I enjoy the intensity and danger that glassblowing encompasses. Working with hot molten glass (which is 2100 degrees) is exciting, hot, and requires a lot of attention to detail and spacial awareness. I like to work intuitively with the glass with a general shape and colour design in my mind.
 
iii. A ‘typical’ day for me in the pandemic involves:
I spend 2-3 days per week in the studio blowing glass. I start my day by arriving at the studio an hour early. This hour gives me time to light the reheating furnace, set up my tools and colour, and prepare the studio for me to blow glass. I also take a few moments to do some deep breathing before I start working. 
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iv. Personal qualities that help me in my work are:
Being able to go with the flow and being able to focus, remain calm, and have excellent communication skills with other members of the co-op. 
 
v. The greatest challenges around doing this work are:
The very steep learning curve. Glassblowing takes many hours and years to master. I have been working with glass for around 6 years and I still have so much to learn! 
 
vi. Creative childhood hobbies:
Painting, drawing, doing crafts. 
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vii. Training that has helped me in this career:
I’ve taken glassblowing classes at Corning Museum of Glass in New York, Pilchuck glass school in Washington state, and Terminal City Glass Co-op. 
 
viii. Some proud career moments:
Having my glass art available at the Tacoma Museum of Glass gift shop and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection gift shop. 
 
ix. Upcoming shows or events include:
No upcoming shows or events so far scheduled for 2021!
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x. If you want to work in my field, I suggest that you:
Have patience with yourself and allow yourself to experiment! 
 
xi. If you want to see my work, go to:
Visit my Etsy shop mariaidadesigns.etsy.com . My work is also available at Good Omen in New Westminster and Shelf in Steveston Village in Richmond.
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