Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design
Degree: Crafts and Design - Glass
Year of graduation: 2001
Since 2005, Eva Milinkovic and her husband, fellow graduate Kriston Gene, have combined their talents to create one-of-a-kind glass pieces through their studio, Tsunami Glassworks Inc. The studio specializes in designing and producing unique hand blown, cast and kiln formed glass, serving both retailers and designers. Their work encompasses large and small scale hospitality, commercial and residential projects. Tsunami Glassworks high-profile client list includes Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Bloomingdales and Marriot to name a few; and the studio has provided glass products to over 100 retailers that span the globe.
Born and raised in Toronto, Eva worked as a freelance photographer for several years, before coming to Sheridan to pursue her love of blown glass. After graduating with honours and several awards in 2001, she was accepted into the glass studio at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto where she completed her residency in 2004.
Eva has recently been featured in the publications Canadian House and Home, Trends and Living, FHM, Maru and Residence, as well as the Italian magazine Vetro, representing Sheridan’s glass program. Her work was displayed at the Talente International Trade Fair Munich, in Germany, representing Canada in an exhibition of young designers in 2001. Eva’s work has also appeared in Metropolis, Azure, Cosmopolitan and Elle Décor UK.
Eva remains a strong supporter of Sheridan, regularly donating pieces to raise funds for the Glass program. “I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to study under Dan Crichton and all the staff at Sheridan. The environment was extremely supportive and I wouldn’t be where I am without everyone’s expertise and instruction,” Eva says. She credits the program with giving her the freedom to develop her own design style, as well as the tools to open her own business with Kriston, who graduated in 2002.
The past five years have been exciting and rewarding for Eva, particularly growing their business to an international level, supporting six employees, and “working on projects on a scale that I never thought possible. Really we’re just beginning,” says Eva, who finds most of her inspiration from her three-year-old son, Max. “He’s the boss!”