Anita Mills is a full-time artist and itinerant teacher of art/design/craft. She resides in rural North Carolina, near Hillsborough, where she maintains her studio. Primarily she creates ceramic work in stoneware and porcelain clays—concentrating on simple utility and “clean line.” She uses relief printmaking techniques to impart interesting surfaces to her works in clay. Lately, Anita has been embellishing certain of her vessels with precious gems, rough stones, shell, bone, feathers and rusted or oxidized metals. Anita also creates wood-turned objects and jewelry in silver with precious and semi-precious gems.
Anita Mills was born in Lubbock, Texas, in 1952. She attended public school there through her undergraduate degree, earning a B.F.A. in Ceramics and Printmaking from Texas Tech University. After completing her M.F.A. in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977, she took a teaching position at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. During her twelve years at St. Cloud, she taught all levels of design, drawing, painting, printmaking, theory of art, and “Women Artists: An Historical Survey.” From 1990 – 1998, Anita taught adults and young adults through workshops and courses offered in community education settings.
Throughout her career as an artist, Anita has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions—both competitive and invitational, in regional and national venues. On many occasions she has served as guest artist, workshop leader, conference panelist, and exhibition juror.