burton art gallery and museum
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Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ

Telephone: 01237 471455
Email: info@theburton.org

Admission is Free
Open Daily 10am - 4pm
Sundays 11am - 4pm

Ann Powell

Ann was born in Devon and brought up on a farm on the northern edge of Dartmoor, an area which still provides the inspiration for much of her work. She began her training in Art & Design at Torquay, followed by three years at Leicester Polytechnic, completing an Honours Degree in Three Dimensional Design. The course specialised in Silversmithing but Ann also did some jewellery and glassblowing whilst there and created many pieces which combined both metal and glass.

In 1976 a piece of Ann’s work was selected by the Corning Museum of Glass in New York for inclusion in their first annual photographic survey, established to provide a record of the most significant glass pieces made each year throughout the world.

The jewellery that Ann began making in 1977 after leaving college, was in many ways a scaled down version of her larger mixed media creations in glass and metal, with the stones taking the place of the glass. Organic flowing forms, the translucent colours of semi-precious stones, rainbow hues of opals and subtle contrasts of silver and gold, along with river pearls and mother-of-pearl bring richness and variety to Ann’s jewellery. All her work is made by hand with particular attention to fine detail. No casting is involved, so each piece is unique. Her aim is to create jewellery, which is feminine and exciting, believing it equally important that it is both comfortable and a joy to wear.

Please note – when cleaning a piece of Ann’s jewellery please do not use ‘silver dip’. The Best method is to give a gentle rub over with a silver polish cloth.

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