Sasha Zhitneva is an award-winning designer and artist who has worked creatively with glass since 1995. She studied in Russia, Spain and the United States. Her work has been exhibited in SOFA expositions in Chicago, Palm Beach and New York, and in numerous solo and group shows in the United States and oversees. Known primarily for her “signature style” abstract fused panels, she has amassed a diverse body of work that ranges from stained glass to mosaic to an exquisite line of kiln-formed jewelry. Aside from her gallery artwork, she has also completed a number of architectural and lighting installations in both stained glass and kiln-formed glass, and recently recycled plastic bottles.
“Ever since I was a child, and long before I’d seen any stained glass, I knew that the very surface of the window in my room was a wonder world. I loved watching rain drops racing down the pane, then examining the dried, tiny traces they left, illumined by sunlight. The best, of course, were fantastical February frost blossoms and the way that I could finger carve through them to uncover clear glass. Little did I know — it was my introduction to working with opacity and transparency.