Board member since 2005
Handcrafting her products in Northern California since 1983, Ann developed her company throughout the years to become one of the largest and most successful American glass studios. By combining skills as a designer, artisan, and businesswoman, Ann has been able to build a highly regarded brand as well as a successful company.
Ann’s work is in the collections of such noted museums as the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Luce Foundation Center for American Art in Washington DC; the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland; and the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.
As an alumna and successful business owner, Ann brings a unique perspective to her role as advisor to CCA's MBA in Design Strategy program.
She is an active fundraiser for hunger, children's health, and art education. She mentors young women in business and supports [scholarships at CCA]f(/admissions/scholarships) and local high schools.
Ann has accomplished something rare: crossing over into the commercial world, while tenaciously retaining her fine art approach. In 2008 she celebrated 25 years in business combining artisanal techniques and contemporary design with new technology.
The Annieglass studio, originally 400 square feet, is now a production studio of more than 15,000 square feet. Twenty-five full-time employees handcraft a minimum of 60,000 plates, bowls, serving dishes, and decorative accessories annually.
In 1993 Annie launched a retail store in downtown Santa Cruz, offering all of the Annieglass collections as well as fine gifts, crafts, and jewelry by other well-known and emerging artists.