[New Orchid Gallery] Anne Havel

Anne Havel

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.

Passion is contagious! Show us your passion, Show us your work!

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