We had the good fortune of connecting with Rita Reade and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rita, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I have always been creative since I was a little girl and not afraid to try new things. When I moved from Italy to California many years ago I had a hard time communicating, I spent a lot of time watching DIY programs on tv. It helped my Knowledge of the English language and I discovered that building and creating was what I wanted to do. I also wanted to be a stay home mom for my two boys and work from home. I started repurposing furniture and making soldered jewelry and sold my items at Vintage Markets. Fast forward few years, have been publish in National Magazine and I now teach soldering classes in So. Cal. I also teach cooking classes in our Homestead in Fallbrook, Ca.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I first began to work with solder in 2008 I was excited to learn something new and I didn’t know it was going to come this far and become a soldering teacher. The best reward of been a teacher is seeing a smile on the students face at the end of class, excited for the jewelry piece that they created. Soldering can be very intimidating, a soldering iron can reach temperatures up to 896 f. It wasn’t easy to be where I am today but I feel that everything happens for a reason. I don’t give up easily and I love the challenge. When I create a piece to sell or a sample for a class it takes time, I do spend days on creating a sample and sometimes it doesn’t come out the way I wanted to be. I do get disappointed but I start all over until I am happy with it.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love vintage and antiques and anybody that I hang out with loves them also. I would take them to a flea market, one of my favorite is The Coast Vintage Market at Saddleback college in Mission Viejo. We would shop in Old Town Temecula at Forth Street Antiques a great Antique store, lunch at Z-cafe’ in Bonsall. Another stop would be Urban Barn in Escondido, Vignettes Decor in Ocean Beach, Diy-a-gogo in Encinitas and back to Oceanside for a lovely dinner at Oceanside Broiler… My husband and I have a homestead in Fallbrook and we love to teach cooking classes, I am sure we would spend time harvesting veggies and cooking at home too.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have no doubt that I am here today because of the support of my husband . His encouragement and ideas have helped me immensely. Many editors have encouraged me and helped get my worked published, I would not be here if it wasn’t for them. Beth Livesay, Fifi O’Neil are just few and thank you to Sunday Hendrickson and Cynthia Shaffer for photographing my work and helping me get published many times. I dedicate this shoutout to all the artists and creative people out there, don’t be afraid to try.

Website: www.mammabellarte.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mammabellarte/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mammabellarte/
Youtube: Rita Reade https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjOMfp-iFBoXT2Nouc5SwYQ

Image Credits
Cynthia Shaffer Laura Amoroso Rita Reade

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