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“For artist Anne Gant, pushing the envelope is not enough. She’d rather burn it. The process that she uses to burn exquisite patterns onto paper is like none other and includes an element of danger that is clear and present in her creative process.
She is a glassblower by training and she uses the hot glass vessels as “stamps” that are pressed onto paper to make one-time imprints that can never be reproduced again. This is because in the process, the glass disintegrates after making its distinctive mark.”

— Jenny Doh, Arts Editor, Stampington Magazine, March 2005

Anne Gant is one of the few glass artists whose work is made of paper.

Anne noticed the patterns burned into the newspaper were as appealing as the finished glass object. Now, she draws with hot glass.

“Most glass is clean, cold, sterile and glittery—all adjectives about the form the glass takes in the end,” she says. “My work shows the other side of glass. It is not cold, it’s completely hot and liquid; not stable and still.”

A graduate from Parsons School of Design and Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Anne has also blown glass at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn for over six years.

Anne first sculpts hot glass into shapes and lines. Then, while the glass is still screaming hot from the glory hole, she presses the glass forms into wet sheets of high quality rag paper. Instantly, the glass begins to burn and smoke the paper. The resulting burnt impressions have a high level of detail as the burns pass through layers of paper and also create embossed areas. The colors range from dense blacks to smoky sepias and watery yellows.

“The burn prints are poignant because they exist simultaneously as aesthetic objects in their own right and yet they also speak about an object that was lost.” Anne says.

— Laura Fahrenthold, Y.O.H. Gallery


I live in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with my husband and young son.

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