I’ve never really heard of pyrography until I was introduced to Pyrography M and I must say that she does beautiful work. Pyrography is the ancient art of decorative wood burning and is something that has been practiced by the ancient Egyptians and African tribes for thousands of years.
You can find unique wall art and jewelry in Pyrography M all using this interesting pyrographic technique. Each piece is one of a kind so you can count on something truly special when you shop at her store.
I had a chance to catch up with Maria, the artist and designer, and learn more about her and her work. Here’s what she had to say…
Please tell me about yourself.
I was born and raised in Zaporozhye – a large industrial city in the south-east of Ukraine. I came to the United States as a 19-year old exchange student in August of 1994 to get my engineering degree from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). After working as an engineer in the Upstate New York area for a few years, I moved to Charlotte, NC and had to virtually re-start my career from scratch, because it was difficult to find an engineering job in a banking city. I currently work full-time as a research analyst for Bank of America.
My husband Gerry Seymour and I live in Kings Mountain, NC with our pets and a colossal library of about 1,500 volumes ranging from classics to short stories to sci-fi and then some. The rest of my family still lives in Ukraine.
Please tell me about your business.
In addition to my full-time job, I have published three original books of my own and several translations of lesser-known works of Russian and Soviet literature. I also write on a variety of topics for Helium.com and (recently) my discussion group Everyday Goddesses under the VenusVision umbrella. Over the last three years, I’ve developed a photography portfolio of nearly 3,000 images at the stock photography site 123RF. And – the last but not the least – I practice the art of pyrography (decorative woodburning). My on-line store Pyrography M is now a year and a half old, its collection having grown from strictly pyrographic wall art to jewelry, standalone pieces and colored glass. Some of my work is also on display at the Southern Arts Society, Inc. (SASI) gallery in Kings Mountain, NC.
What inspires you?
Virtually anything! One of the reasons I have worked long and hard to develop myself as a photographer, was to train my eye to recognize a beautiful image and bother to remember it (if I can’t capture it with my camera) wherever I go. I love people-watching and “snatching” faces I find extraordinary in some way from the crowd. I also love the outdoors – nature is the best model: it never grows old and never complains about the light being wrong. 🙂 In general, I do my best to bring people’s attention to beautiful objects – both man-made and natural. Life is difficult enough as is to be focusing only on dirt, slime, smoke and broken glass.
Besides, wood is such a gratifying medium to work with. One of my favorite things about woodburning is that when I work with my pyrography tool and burn an image into wood, there is light smoke rising from the piece I am working on, and the entire house smells as if someone has a woodburning fireplace on. And when the image begins to emerge, it’s as if I am re-discovering it all over again.
Pyrography M is giving away a Moukaite Necklace and Earrings Set to one of my readers. This beautiful necklace with a wood medallion is made of colorful moukaite squares and genuine tiger eye. The necklace is approximately 19″ long and has an ornate brushed copper clasp and comes with matching earrings. It comes in a black velvet box so it’s a perfect for gift giving.