Deborah Czeresko began working with glass in 1987 after completing a B.A. in psychology at Rutgers University. Her original focus in glass was the mastery of Renaissance Venetian glassblowing under the tutelage of the maestro William Gudenrath and later studies with Venetian maestros Lino Tagliapietra, Pino Signoretto, Dino Rosin and Elio Quarissa in traditional Venetian style. In 1991 she attended graduate school at Tulane University to pursue large-scale glass sculpting and hot casting with professor Gene Koss. At this time she also studied Czech sculpting with Petr Novotny inspired by it’s more expressive gestures. Czeresko's work examines mastery within a contemporary art context, transforming prosaic crafted objects into lush, monumental renderings to challenge perceived notions of skill and material. She has spent years focusing on skill acquisition in order to use the concept of authenticity in her discourse on material. In this regard Czeresko exposes the inherent paradoxes and ironies of working within a material based art endeavor and comments on established ideas of value, heroism and virtuosity associated with being a master.