I am constantly struggling to balance my practice as a glass artist with my interest in other media. My glass work is fully inspired by life and art itself and I am not seeing myself as a glass artist for the sake of glass. Like many other artists of my generation who have a glass background and passion for the material I feel a resistance to limiting myself and my practice to this one material. However it takes a lot of training and time to make good work in glass, and it can be extremely difficult on a daily basis to maintain a constant practice and research of the material, and still find concentration on my actual passion as a fine artist. I have been lucky in the last years to having gained attention for my work in glass and I do appreciate the constant support. However, my time in Bergen will help me not only taking risks with other techniques but also I hope it will be a step back to finding strong sculptural ideas.
Anne Petters is a multi media 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. She understands the political change in her country, which she experienced as a displacement of reality, as a basic 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. Anne Petters has been awarded numerous artist residencies, including a fellowship at Wheaton Arts New Jersey in 2012, a residency at the Edinburgh College of Art 2013-2014, the Emerging Artists in Residence at the Pilchuck Glass School, Washington and a visiting scholar residency at the Southern Illinois University. In 2014 Anne Petters received a prestigious Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) Scholarship for excellence in British Craft, London, GB. She 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.