From flour, sugar and eggs to glass..... Having dabbled with mud, pottery and enamels, I discovered at an early age that my most successful creative medium was cake. Whilst the creative process was hugely fulfilling, the end product was disappointingly transient - though tasty.
Many years on, I visited Winkworth Arboretum on beautiful autumn day where there happened to be a small exhibition of fused glass. And I was hooked.
I approach my art in a spirit of discovery and experimentation, with light, colour and the natural world of gardens and meadows, rough seas, fire and sunsets at the heart of my inspiration. I love designing pieces which are both functional and aesthetically pleasing: discovering and developing new techniques involving chemical reactions as glasses and metals come into contact; combining vibrant blues and aquamarines, or fiery reds; and the shaping and moulding of glass pieces to add to their complexity and interest.
The ultimate pleasure is the knowledge that somewhere, someone will be enjoying the dynamic colours and shape of their glass piece as it catches the sunlight.
My exhibition for Oxfordshire Artweeks is focussing on seascapes and gardens, and the pieces will be displayed within a beautiful garden near Summertown (where there will be coffee and cake!).
Anita Ruiz is a a glass artist with strong links to Oxford. She has been working with glass for 10 years - initially with Kiln-formed glass pieces, but latterly with glass engraving.