Glass gives Maria a clear view ahead

Maria Young, glass artist from Leven
Maria Young, glass artist from Leven

A seamstress who has turned her creative eye to a new arena is hoping her expanding business will make Leven an art lovers’ mecca.

Maria Young says the area could receive a “huge boost” from new business and commercial diversification.

I would like to expand my business to encompass interior design

Maria (53), who has run her own clothing alteration and repair company in the town’s North Street for the last 30 years, is looking to expand her portfolio to include an interior design firm that will specialise in the use of high-end glassware products.

Maria, who has honed her skill in glassware creation under the tutelage of professional artists at City of Glasgow College, hopes her impressive designs would see people travel from far and wide to the east Fife town.

“I love fused glass, and you can see that style is very popular with people kitting out their homes,” says Maria, who will graduate with an HND in glass and ceramics this summer.

“I would like to expand my business to encompass interior design. It would be a huge boost for Leven and this part of Fife to have new business and somewhere that might bring in visitors from outside the area.”

Maria has urged other local people to follow her lead and indulge their long-held interest or passion in order to effect a change in career trajectory.

“At City of Glasgow College, you are taught properly in glassware,” says Maria. “I get up at 4.15am every day I’m due in college, drive to Glenrothes and get the 6am train, and I’m in Glasgow for 8am, ready to start work in the studio at City of Glasgow College. Glassware is really what I want to do, and I hope Leven can benefit from it.”

George McNeillie, curriculum head of the faculty of creative industries at City of Glasgow College, said: “This course offers a broad education with a balance between creative, practical and core skills. This will prepare you for the art glass and ceramics industry.”