Anthea Glass Works

Glass Connoisseur

Posted on January 17 2017

"My mission is to bring smiles to people’s faces near and far, whether they be wearing a pendant, medicating with a dabber or rig, or giving a gift to a loved one."
Meet Ari, the glass artist behind Anthea Glass Works. Ari has always had an artistic side since she was a child. Long before she started blowing glass, she experimented with many other art forms such as painting, drawing, block printing, and ceramics. She later then stumbled upon her passion for borosilicate glass the summer of 2015. We love her artwork so much we decided to reach out to her for some inspiration:

D: How did you get into glassblowing?

A: “I got introduced to it by Bent Wizard, who was a great mentor to me starting out.  I had watched him work before, and was intrigued by it, but never had the desire to try it out myself.  I have always been a clumsy person, and the molten glass scared the hell out of me.  One blistering hot day, he sat me down at his bench and literally held my hands and showed me how to blow a pipe!  It was the ugliest little fumed pipe, I still have it actually; but those few moments in front of the torch were magical and I couldn’t wait to try again.  A few days later, I went on to make the first thing that popped into my head; a little baby strawberry.  After I realized I could create whatever I wanted out of glass (very much how I used to craft things out of clay), I couldn’t stop melting!”  

D: What inspires your creations?

A: “Most of my art, current and previous, is very much inspired by nature.  I also love everything girly, frivolous, and pink, thanks to my adorable Mother.  My favorite objects to make out of glass are strawberries, bows, hearts, and ocean-themed art; I have always been an ocean lover, which is what inspired me to make my mermaid dabbers.”

D: What is your favorite part about your job?

A: “My favorite thing is getting messages from my customers and friends who have worked with me before, and hearing about how much they enjoy my artwork.  It makes the long hours, late nights, broken pieces, and many burns 100% worth it.”

D: What is your goal in life?

A: “My goal in life has always been to find a job that I love doing.  I used to sell my pottery and paintings, but the market for vases, plates, bowls, and clay sculpture wasn’t very large.  I couldn’t be more grateful to have learned this art form, and to have received this overwhelming amount of support in the short time I have been blowing glass.  My mission is to bring smiles to people’s faces near and far, whether they be wearing a pendant, medicating with a dabber or rig, or giving a gift to a loved one.”  

D: Do you have any advice for the women out there with similar interest?  

A: “To any women out there looking to get into glassblowing, all I have to say is follow your heart!  Getting everything set up initially may be hard (just kidding, will be hard), but if you have the determination you can get it done!  Looking back now, I can’t say I regret one moment of my glass career. Doing something you enjoy (whether you want it to be a job or just a hobby), is always rewarding.  If you do what you love, your life will be rich. To quote one of my favorite women, ‘My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.’  -Maya Angelou”

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