Anne is a fused glass and mixed media artist who got into the fused glass very late in life to get her through a bad time. After working for over 20 years for the Newcastle-upon-Tyne NHS Hospital trust in very busy and heavy care of the elderly ward at Freemen Hospital, she enrolled in a BA(Hons) in Glass and Ceramics at the University of Sunderland based at the National Glass Centre at the age of 61. She passed this with a first-class degree and completed an MA in Visual Practice Glass again at the NGC Sunderland at 65. Starting at home with just a 15cm x 15cm kiln she upgraded to a 30cm x 30cm kiln in lockdown 2020 to complete assignments for her BA. Wanting to make bigger works, she soon discovered fusing copper wire within a piece, which gave me a system for constructing much larger 3D-dimensional projects. In addition, playing around with firing schedules could add or remove texture within these pieces. Working with the chemical reactions caused within some glass can add more drama to the finished artwork.
Anne works mainly with Bullseye Glass powders for her works and is constantly looking for new ways to fuse glass. This results in her artwork styles being varied. These can be delicate flowers and botanical bowls or intricate tapestry forms. Her finished pieces can be both abstract, opaque, or translucent. Delicate or strong, feather-light, or substantial. Smooth or textured.
Her work has been in many exhibitions online to a worldwide audience and in person at galleries such as the Shipley Gateshead, The World of Glass in St Helens and the National Glass Centre Sunderland, where her works are for sale in its shop.
My passion is in fusing glass. Glass brings light and colour to my soul and a finished piece can lift my spirit especially in hard times.
I began working in glass to get out of a bad place in my life. And keeping going with my art brings me joy each day I open my kiln.
I feel inspired by colours and shapes found in natural world around me. And find working with glass powders most fun. These can be added to clear glass to make a painterly portrait of something or someone. And these same powders just on their own to make a delicate flower.
Member’s Spotlight 8th September 2021
On the 8th September 2021 I was luck enough to be made the spotlight artist for that day on the Contemporary Glass Society Website. This was then shared on their Facebook page. And then shared again by the Bullseye Glass Facebook page