Anne is a fused glass and mixed media artist who got into 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 a very busy 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 her a system for constructing much larger 3-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. Her pieces 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.