Anna is a lover of glass and the sensations it brings. Fearless creativity is in Anna’s blood. As a child, Anna always looked at the world through the eyes of an artist. Observing everything everywhere provides the inspiration for Anna’s art. Learning the technique of fusing glass gave Anna the means to express her creativity.
Anna caught the glass bug 16 years ago attending a Fused Glass Workshop while living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “Glass speaks to me as an amazing art medium”. Mastering the evolution of cutting, shaping, blending and the fusing is what motivates Anna. “There is something magical when cutting sheets of glass, or playing with frit, layering and assembling, then trusting my kiln to fuse my pieces into beauty”.
Perfecting her craft has been an ongoing magical journey. Anna experiments with a variety of subjects to paint, and create magical and durable touchable art. She says, “The main quality that I enjoy about fused glass art is that it is a sturdy medium. It’s touchable! It’s dimensional! It draws you in. It’s timeless.”
Anna explains it takes 10 to 20 hours to create one piece. Then it will take the kiln 15-27 hours to cook and fuse. During the fusing process the kiln cooks the pieces between 1100 to 1750 degrees. A fused glass artist has to trust their kiln and fire schedule to finish the art piece. Anna elaborated that “There is a huge trust factor I had to build with my kiln, because the kiln can make or break the design.”
Painting with the various textures of glass is not any easy task. Many people who see Anna’s art find it intriguing that what they are looking at is actually fused glass, not a painting. Looking at glass art is only the beginning, but once a person touches the piece or holds it in their hands, they begin to appreciate Anna’s unique technique. Anna invites people to feel the various textures and the grooves of her pieces. “This brings art to a whole new level of connection and appreciation” stated Anna.
Anna currently works out of her home studio in Davidson, NC.