With a career in graphic design, Ann returned to college to complete an Honours Degree in Ceramic Design in LSAD in 2016. This led her to explore surface decoration and discovering a new canvas in ceramic. With a background in design and print she was very interested in surface decoration and the printing techniques used on clay.
Her work is conceptual, referencing classical form and figure. She uses contemporary elements like tattoos to subvert the work and to deliver a message. Feminism, underlined with humour is a regular theme. Continuing the theme of subverting the familiar, the narrative is revealed through the layering, interaction and use of a series of everyday objects.
The process she uses begins with creating original watercolours. The ceramic form is determined by the illustration/painting. The image is digitally converted to produce decals which are fired on to the glazed ceramic surface. Slip cast porcelain forms and fine bone china are then arranged to form the narrative.
A recipient of the Purchase Award at LSAD, she featured in the ‘Touchstone’ exhibition in 2017/18. She received the FutureMaker Studio Support Award from the DCCOI in 2017.