Anne Nickels


About the artist:

I always knew I wanted to be an artist, but it was not until I discovered fused glass, that I did find my true core. What happened was that the glass forced me to let go off perfection. You know, compromising is like a rule with glass since you cannot fool it or force your will up on it. Another fact is, that you can only imagine how your art piece will turn out after firing. So, for sure, to open the kiln is the most exciting moment of all. 

I gain most of my inspiration from the glass itself. I love the technical challenges which add yet another dimension to the creative process. In your mind you need not only to know what to do, but also how to do it. I find this ongoing dialog between the idea and ‘how to’, most rewarding and it is the key to my practice. I believe that every artist that choose to work with glass have this urge for exploring and to get skilled you need to understand the rule of glass and learn how to take advantage of its characteristics.  

Science has had an enchantment on me for as long as I can remember, and it is like a common thread in all my work. Whether it is figurative or abstract, it comes from my fascination with the existence of life and our planet in the universe. My art has no attention of addressing any issue, but more to open our mind. If to be philosophic about it, there is a soul in everything and with some contemplation we can get a sense of it.