She graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration and now calls Portland home. She started studying ceramics 20 years ago first with wheel throwing but was quickly captivated by the hand-building process and surface design. One technique she uses is sgraffito. Using the surface of the clay as a canvas, Anya lightly free-hands the design onto a dry layer of underglaze. Using an assortment of miniature carving tools, she carves away the design to expose the color of the clay beneath. This technique results in a high-contrast image on the clay's surface. The piece is then fired to bisque. After the first firing process, she applies more glaze and fires the piece a second time to cone 6.