Anne Havel - Jewelry Gallery

Anne is an enamellist, metalsmith, and lampworker (she makes glass beads). She is discovering that her influences change daily because of her sensory issues. Today, Anne is inspired by many of the abstract painters, space objects and creatures from her imagination, molecular level shapes, geometry, clay artists, building structures, flowers, etc.

The world is imperfect and that is reflected in much of Anne's work--not a perfect circle or square--rough around the edges. Even nature, which is the closest anything comes to perfection, manifests its "perceived flaws" in the imperfect flower, the decaying tree bark, or the mold-ridden fence-post. All these beautiful "flaws" drive her work.

The enamel pieces created are intended to express humor, or make a social, political, or environmental statement, while balancing the color palette selected. The drawings, which are created with dental tools scratching through hardened liquid enamel, convey Anne's ideas about the subject matter that is dominating her thoughts at the time. From her perspective, the world suffers from many injustices covering all spectrums of thought. She uses her art to express and convey her ideas about the many problems and issues that literally plague our planet.

Anne's lampwork training began many years ago. She was drawn to borosilicate (hard glass) lampworked beads because of the color ranges that could be achieved. When the company that employed her as Chief Financial Officer closed in March 2001, she decided to pursue bead making a little more vigorously. Borosilicate glass reminds her of nature—it cannot be tamed and the color palette allows one to create the beauty of all of nature in a small piece of glass. Briefly, color rods are softened in the flame of an oxygen/propane torch. Once the glass is molten it is wound on a steel mandrel and various hand tools and techniques are utilized to shape and create the beads. Some of the techniques involve poking, raking, swirling, rolling in frit, layering, encasing, fuming, and the like. All beads are placed in a kiln to anneal (so they will not break) over night.

Anne's motivation is simple and pure--she wants people to be moved by the balance of the lines and forms, but most importantly the colors - have a visceral, soul-stirring response. If that happens, her work is done.