Anne Gant

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.