Ann’s work has always involved an element of recycling and reusing old and vintage items. She has collected and collated a sizeable amount of these objects, all are precious to her and all have a story to tell.
This passion for old and used objects began upon the discovery of an old biscuit tin that belonged to her Great Uncle Lewis. Within this old and battered tin was a collection of saved objects, all of them precious in some way to him.
Memories of this wonderful gentleman came flooding back to Ann. He had a superb moustache, always wore a shirt and tie, a waistcoat, and a pocket watch and chain, even in summer. Great Uncle Lewis was a working farmer.
Uncle Lewis’ sense of humour was wicked; she still has wonderful memories of his antics and his handstands using two croquet hooks.
Because this discovery evoked fond memories Ann felt that other items that she remembers from her childhood would do the same. If it worked for her then perhaps others would reminisce upon seeing, touching and even owning such items.
So her work has two distinct elements, the handmade, in the form of metals and ceramics combined with found objects. The objects are of course old and forgotten, used and discarded, they appear to have little or no intrinsic value but seem to dictate what their ultimate purpose will be and which material they will be partnered with.
Ann creates cutlery, tools and utensils, utilising the found objects as handles. The cutlery and tools are made from base metals or silver and are enamelled, textured, oxidised or patinated, therefore rendering them impractical for everyday use.
The ceramics are hand built from porcelain and are glazed and have gold lustre rims. Sugar bowls, teapots and jam pots are given ill-fitting lonely found teapot lids rescued from junk shops. Wobbly three-tier cake stands balance on vintage cups found minus their saucers, creating an Alice in Wonderland tea party effect.