I am a pyrolytic artist who loves to melt things until they look like jewelry.
If it's a torch I own it, if it melts I'm there.
I've found that I love dark surfaces careening through bright colors and mixing what's new with what's old, weathered, aging . Corrosion bespeaks the passage of time, the one thing in the world that we can't control. Even if we had a time machine we would continue to grow older... and even if we had eternal life, time would continue on.
With the passage of time, the old if not maintained, falls away and turns to dust...but everywhere there is a foothold new life erupts.
Derelict. Abandoned. Spontaneous Generation.
Life seems to be opportunistic, always going towards order of some form or other continuing through all eternity, all existence. We need time in a bottle... eat, rust, crumble, damage, decay, dilapidate.
The human race is literally consuming the world and at some point in the future there will be nothing left and we will have eaten ourselves.
It's only when you put time and energy into something that it will continue...the pyramid builders were wise, so were the cave painters.
I currently run a small teaching studio in the suburbs of Washington DC where I teach and have nationally famous teachers in for classes. I find nurturing and mentoring the 'makers' community to be very rewarding. I give to my students and friends, and they give oh so much back to me.
The Studio (and Cellini)
The Studio of Ann Davis is located in Springfield, Virginia.
Obsessions: A Ten Year Affair With the Bead
Bead and Button
The Bead Release
Beads of Glass
Everything You Wanted to Know About Glass Beadmaking
1000 Glass Beads
The Complete Book of Glass Beadmaking
Art Jewelry Today 2
Art Jewelry Today 3
Metal Clay Beads
Metal Clay Artist Magazine
New Directions: Powder Metallurgy in a Sheet Metal World
PMC Guild Annual
Bead Review Book 3
New Directions in Metal Clay
International Society of Glass Beadmakers Annual
The Bead Release
The Art of Fine Enameling (second edition)
Bead Museum, Glendale AZ
The Bead Museum , Washington DC
The Studio– Corning Museum of Glass
Craft Alliance, St Louis MO
Artisans Center of Virginia, Waynesboro VA
Blue Streak Gallery, Willmington DE
Sawtooth, North Carolina
Morean Arts Center, Florida
Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass, Dallas TX
Arts Afire Glass Gallery, Alexandria VA
Imagine, Alexandria VA
Embellishment, Portland Oregon Convention Center
Bedazzled. Washington DC
Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco CA
Gallery I/O, New Orleans, Louisiana
Electrum Gallery, London England
Festspillene i Nord-Norge, Norway
Nordnorsk Kunstnersentrum, Svolvær, Norway
Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway
Hipotesi Gallery, Barcelona, Spain