Bio

Anita torching

A new world opened up when I was asked one simple question,
“Have you ever thought about making your own glass beads?”

At the time I hadn’t given any thought how glass beads were made, they were something you bought at a store.  As luck would have it I lived less than a mile away from the Mesa Arts Center. When I called for information they gave me an overview of the glass department and let me know there was an opening in the beginning lampworking class.  Kismet, and my evolutionary adventure began….

The Union of Meditation, Molten Glass, and Adornment

When I am not teaching yoga or life coaching, you will find me in the studio at my torch making glass beads. The practice of yoga has taught me to allow inspiration to flow through me as the glass flows from solid to liquid and then back to solid. Lampworking is my moving meditation practice and fills me with so much joy.  I believe this energy is infused in my beads and jewelry and can be felt in our subtle energy bodies.  As an added bonus I take all of my work to my yoga classes to charge them up with yogic energy.

Vision: To raise the vibrational energy in the universe

Mission: To live a life on purpose, inspire others, create beauty,
and to help relieve suffering in the world.

Galleries:

Fire on the Mountain – Arizona Handmade Gallery, Flagstaff AZ
Storm Wisdom, Phoenix AZ
Desert Song Yoga, Phoenix AZ
Humming Bird House, Sedona AZ
The Farm at South Mountain, Phoenix AZ

Shows:

South Scottsdale Art Alliance, Scottsdale AZ     2012
The Art of Yoga, Phoenix AZ   2012
Desert Song Community Arts Festival   2011 – 2005
Healthy Spirit Expo, Scottsdale AZ   2011, 2010, 2009
The Art of Glass, The Farm at South Mountain, Phoenix AZ   2010
Cultural Collage Arts Festival, Chandler AZ   2009
Animal Instincts, City of Tempe Gallery, Tempe AZ   2007
Best Bead Show, Tucson AZ   2007
Glass Expression, Mesa AZ   2006, 2005

Publications:

The Noise Arts and News   2012
The Flow Magazine: 150 Women in Glass   2011, 2010
Arizona Living, Arizona Republic   2007

Affiliations:

International Society of Glass Beadmakers
Arizona Society of Glass Beadmakers

Anita began lampworking (the art of glass bead making) at the Mesa Arts Center in 2003 and continues to take advanced class work with internationally acclaimed glass artists such as: Kristina Logan, Sara Sally LaGrand, Sage and Beau Holland, Kim Fields, Laurie Nessel, Dolly Ahles