Simone Kestelman was born and raised in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a BA in Economics from University Gama Filho, Rio de Janeiro.
Simone started working with ceramics when she was seven, and dedicated her free time to arts. In 1993 she moved to Sao Paulo and, in 1995, after her second child was born, she decided to dedicate her life exclusively to her artistic career. Her first solo exhibition was in 1998, at Sergio Caribe Gallery. Other exhibitions include the A Hebraica Gallery (1999/2011), the Parahauss Contemporary Art Glass, and international exhibits in Boca Raton-US and Chile.
When she first came into contact with glass in 2008, her artistic production and her career changed. After receiving trainament at The Pilchuck Glass School, Eugene Glass School, Corning Museum, and spending hours experimenting, Simone achieved a high technical standard with fusing, casting and cold work. Simone’s work now can be found in the permanent collection of the Newark Museum of Art, private collections in Brazil and Europe. Simone is currently working on a project for a Brazilian Museum in Sao Paulo.
The unexpected. Precariousness. Stability. Equilibrium.
Touch, textures, imagination and sensations.
Things that are not what they seem.
PATHS, Fragile, Solid.
2011 - CMOG - Thicker Sculptural Fused Glass with Mark Ditzler.
2011 - CMOG - Shaping Color: From Raw Materials To Finished Sculpture with Heike Brachlow.
2010 - Urban Glass School, Kiln Forming with Kirstie Rea June 15–19 -Brooklyn – NY
2009 - Pilchuck Glass School, Chihuly Glass School - RICHARD WHITELEY and Heike Brachlow Transparent Constructions in Session 3, July 7-24 - Stanwood –WA
2009 - Pate de Verre, Delores Taylor.
2009 - Roll up and GLASS BLOW - Johnathon Schmuck.
2009 - Casting in the Kiln – Positive and Negative Image, Mary Horning
2009 - Pate de Verre - Mary Horning
2008 - Eugene Glass School Private Special Projects Class -Patty Gray
2005 - Northwest Art Glass - Patty Gray, Intermediate Glass in Fusing and Slumping - Seattle – WA
2004 - Lamp Building - Joe Porcelli
1970 – Self-taught at Ceramics
1998/2013 – Teaching Ceramics at SK Studio Brazil
2004 - Teaching Ceramics at Maycocolors Ohio USA
2004 - SK Masterpieces CD Volume I –
Selected Exhibitions, Awards and Honors
2012 – PATHS – A Hebraica Gallery – April
2011 – Parahaus Contemporary Gallery, October
2011 – Popular Theater, 3rd 2011 Sculpture Showcase Winner, Gold Medal
2011 – Memorial Roberto Silveira, 2nd 2011 Sculpture Showcase Winner, Gold Medal
2011 – BLOOM - Inspired by the Nuclear Explosion – Finalist at 9o. International Ceramics Competition Mino, Japan
2011 – Casa Cor 2011 “Loja Conceito” Concept Store by architect Adriana Scartaris
2011 - Casa Cor 2011 Glass Installation BOSSA at Loft Ney Matogrosso
2011 - UM OLHAR Galery – Between the Lines – abril
2010 - CASA COR 2010 – “Loft da Mulher Bem Resolvida” Glass Installation Table
2009 - Pilchuck Glass School Annual Auction, Seattle
2008 - “A Mesa” with Roberto Camasmie, Ceramic Collection
2007 - Contemporary Ceramic at SK Gallery
2003 - New Faces at Lavarello Gallery, Gold Medal
2000 – Ceramic Art and Transformation – “Art of the Sultans” Sergio Caribe Gallery
2000 - Prize “Leão de Honra” – Best of the Year Ceramics
1999 - Masterpieces de Boca Raton – Individual
1998 – Great Painters - A Hebraica Gallery
Auction – USA
2011 - One-of-a-kind glass jewelry made by a diverse group of artists. Curated by Amye Gumbinner and Barbara Boroff.
2011 – Blue Royalty Necklace at Newark Museum – New York