As an artist, I am captivated by glass. In the high heat of the kiln, colors shift and flow, hard surfaces soften and become molten; bubbles burst or become trapped beneath the surface. I am guided by the elements of fire, water, earth, air, and culture. My journey in this medium has traversed the sculptural and textural, organic and intricate, fluid and solid. It challenges me to explore the ancient, the tribal, and the abstract. And with each new technique, high temperature flows, casting, and screenprinting or powderprinting, I scratch the surface and dive even deeper, crafting my own voice and vision

Anita Merina is a glass artist based in Deal Island, Maryland. Specializing in kiln-formed art glass, she creates contemporary art glass and jewelry for the gallery, home, and personal adornment. A jewelry designer initially, she discovered kiln-formed glass in 2008 and hasn’t looked back. She is member of the National Capital Glass Guild and Glass Art Society. She was a studio artist for Kari Minnick studios and both a resident and studio artist at the Art Glass Center at Glen Echo in Glen Echo, Maryland as well as Artists & Makers in MD. In 2019, she participated in CollaboratioNZ in Whangarei, New Zealand and will return there for CollaborationNZ in 2023. Her work is in collections around the world. She can be reached at on facebook at and IG at @merinaglasswork. She will be relaunching her new website,
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