I use glass and other materials, including natural phenomena, in a poetic, metaphoric way to picture our fleeting, vulnerable existence. I am interested in creating strangeness in the familiar, which I see as a catalyst for curiosity, by using materials in unusual ways and by recreating familiar moments in unfamiliar situations.
Anne Petters is a multimedia artist with a strong background in glass. She received a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Institute for Ceramics and Glass Art, Hoehr-Grenzhausen, Germany and a MFA in Sculpture/ Glass from Alfred University, New York. Born in Dresden in 1978, she grew up in the German Democratic Republic. The political change in her country, which she experienced as a displacement of reality, is an influence on her lifestyle and artistic work. Her interest in controlling and displaying moments of our fleeting, vulnerable existence leads her to a poetic, metaphoric use of glass and other materials, including natural phenomena. Petters has been awarded numerous artist residencies, including: a fellowship at Wheaton Arts New Jersey; a one year residential stay at the Edinburgh College of Art; the Emerging Artists in Residence at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington; and a Visiting Scholar Residency at Southern Illinois University. In 2014 Anne Petters received the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Trust Scholarship for excellence in British Craft, London. She has taught as Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art and is currently leading the glass studio at the City and Guilds of London Art School.