Ann had admired and touched glass for many years. After a career in computer work, she dove into creating her own original lampworked glass beads, which she transforms into jewelry. Ann draws most of her inspiration from her love of strong color and from images in her environment where she looks for patterns in nature.
Working with the hot glass at an oxygen-propane torch, Ann gathers colored and clear glass onto her mandrel to layer and shape the beads she needs to complete an idea for a piece of finished jewelry. She explains, “Making glass beads gives me the chance to explore the fluid forms of glass and how colors react with one another.”
Recently Ann has learned kiln-formed glass techniques which have allowed her to experiment with creating vessel forms by fusing and slumping glass. She makes a variety of functional pieces for the home and office.
Ann adds that in addition to being a glass artist and a grandmother, she and her husband are active in competitive car racing!
Ann Klem’s work can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; Gallery 104, LaGrange, KY; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.