Ann Wärff was a founding figure in international "Studio Glass". During a career that to date spans forty years, she has worked as an engraver, a vessel maker, a sculptor, a stained glass artist, a water-colourist and a designer for industry. After studies at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm, she married Swedish glass artist Göran Wärff and worked with him as a designer at Pukebergs Glasbruk 1960-1964, and then at Kosta Boda 1964-1970. Ten years of discipline as a designer in the glass industry gave her practical and organisational skills that most of her colleagues in the glass world, particularly those outside Scandinavia, do not have. An account of her decision to use sandblasting and etching techniques on glass underscores her technical adaptability. In 1982 whilst staying with Harvey Littleton in North Carolina he taught her about printing from glass plates, a technique which resulted in some remarkable work from her. Ann's installation at the Ducal Palace in Venice was a transitional work with layered enamel painted glass sheets in dialogue with cast sculptural elements.
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