Bones Brooch

Snakes Brooch

Blowing Out Bowl

Havel, Anne
Anne Havel is deeply engaged with social, political and ecological issues.  As she has stated; “Through my enameling pursuits I explore ideas about current brain-dominating subject matter.  Frequent mind disturbances include nuclear power, planet degradation, imaginary space objects and creatures, molecular level shapes, and mathematical pursuits.  As a general rule, my work is an attempt at resolving the battle for dominance between chaos and geometry, expressing inner turbulence through abstract drawings.”

Born in New York in 1957, Anne Havel loved to draw and color as a child.  While she took art classes in high school, she decided to pursue finance as a profession and worked as a CPA from 1980 to 2001.  About 1999 she resumed her early interest in art and began to pursue bead making and jewelry part-time.  She eventually became an artist full-time, focusing on jewelry.  After taking a five-day metalsmithing class in 2005, a surface embellishment and colored-pencil-on-copper class in 2006, and a five-day enameling class with Linda Darty in 2007, she decided to pursue enameling as her preferred medium.  She subsequently studied with two other leaders in the enamel sculpture field: Mary Chuduk and Jan Harrell.  Havel’s wide-ranging interests in metal, color, semi-precious stones and gems, sculptural form and texture, and drawing are all reflected in her enamel jewelry which is both visually rich and boldly inventive.

She produces work in series.  As she describes: “Each series consists of multiple pieces, all grouped around a specific theme which I may leave for a time and return to again in another year.”

She also views her technique as a metaphor for the rich sets of ideas she wants to convey: “My work frequently employs holes/piercing or broken objects, signifying decay, erosion or corruption, instability, alarm.”

Her process is intuitive and although she does preliminary drawings, she frequently departs from her initial plan: “No matter how much planning I might attempt to put into a piece before I start, it rarely resembles the original sketches.”

Finally, describing her process, she has said: “I create drawings either with dental tools scratching through the hardened liquid enamel, graphic drawings on acid-etched enamel or other methods of black line creation.  Successive torch-firings render the drawings permanent, in addition to adding color layers.”