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Anne Petters

Anne Petters Glass sculptor
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English, German, French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+44 7401663762
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When life influences art

  • • Anne considers materials to be a language
  • • She became interested in art as a teenager
  • • She is passionate about teaching glass skills

Raised in Dresden, then in East Germany, Anne Petters was a young girl when the Berlin Wall fell, and she recalls the sense of excitement and positivity that came with it. Yet the sudden changes that resulted from that historic event also sparked insecurity and vulnerability among East Germans, teaching the young Anne “that nothing lasts”. This influenced her outlook on life, and hence her art. She now produces sculptures in glass and other materials that express a sense of fragility and ephemerality, “a natural reflection of the way I perceive life”. Since her initial training at the glass school in Zwiesel, Germany, she has studied and worked in the US and now lives and teaches in London.

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Works

  • © Anne Petters
  • © Anne Petters
  • © Anne Petters
  • © Anne Petters
Photo: © Anne Petters
Books of Disquiet

Anne takes a simple and universally recognised object, a book, away from its function as a source of information, transforming it into a poetic image. By doing so, she attempts to control and immortalise a fleeting moment. These opaque glass books fired in a kiln at 700 degrees are physical manifestations of the intangible phenomenon of imagination.

Photo: © Anne Petters
Books of Disquiet

Books of Disquiet is an ongoing series of works reflecting the desire to control fleeting thought processes and freeze moments in time. These opaque glass books fired in a kiln at 700 degrees are physical manifestations of the intangible phenomenon of imagination. The opaque white pages of the book are inscribed with fragments of Anne’s poetry.

Photo: © Anne Petters
Books of Disquiet

Anne has fired cast glass at 700 degrees in an attempt to capture the fleeting, ephemeral moment when a book page is turned. Anne sees this work, which is part of a larger series carrying the same name, as a “physical manifestation of the intangible phenomenon of imagination”.

Photo: © Anne Petters
Leaf

This leaf series was born from Anne’s interest in freezing moments of fleeting beauty, and the desire to preserve the ephemeral. The translucent matt glass conveys a cold, frozen image. Anne is interested in using these specific qualities of materials to provoke a bodily reaction to her work. Looking at them you can almost hear the sound of frost scrunching underfoot.

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