Anna Louise Curnes, dubbed Anna Lou by her mother early on, is a Dallas-bred, Chicago and Dallas-based artist with a true love for all things Southern. She received a B.A. in Spanish and Studio Art from Wake Forest, and after a brief stint in the business world, fell in love with glass and has never looked back. She's studied under fused glass artist and welder Becky Johnson, glass-blower Mark Mitsuda, and glass-blower Joe Ivacic. Going back and forth between Dallas and Chicago, and setting up her studio as a resident artist at the Fulton Street Collective in Chicago has finally allowed her to concentrate solely on her art and expand her range all the way from small sculpted flowers to large-scale installation murals.
What Anna loves most about her fused work is that she can take broken, shattered pieces of glass and create something beautiful, far more beautiful than they ever were individually before the break. What she loves most about her hot glass work is that, after intensely refining heat, she both instructs the glass and listens to it as she molds it and works with the fluidity of it's very nature to create something fresh and free.
When she combines these two forms, it still blows Anna's mind. To her, it's life; it's grief; it's God; it's an amazing, wonderful way to take all the emotion and turmoil and broken bits of life and turn it into all the beauty that hope embodies. It's God at work in her, and through her, and she loves it.
Anna Lou Glass
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