Anna began designing her own glass collections in 2002. Over the years, she has developed two lines: Anna Torfs Basics and Anna Torfs Edition. However distinctive, both collections share the same approach – contemporary design using traditional glass techniques as a base from which to explore and create. The ability of glass to capture, reflect and absorb light is the central theme in Anna’s work. Transparency and translucency are not always identical. Colour is critical, evoking strong emotions; colours should be “true”. Cutting through the object like an anatomist, Anna reveals layer after layer to show how an object is built. These unconventional cutting techniques also reveal the contrast between the vibrant centre and the sober “skin” of her objects.
All of Anna’s pieces are handmade in the Czech Republic. Anna’s work is infused with her wonder at how the techniques of glass blowing, cutting and sanding – which have hardly changed over the past 200 years – can lead to contemporary objects. To achieve this, Anna has developed new techniques together with great glass masters, bringing fresh and surprising creations to an old tradition. Because each piece is carefully crafted by hand, no two pieces are identical. Slight variations in appearance make each piece a unique object of art.
Anna Torfs Basics
This collection represents the origin of Anna’s work. She starts from basic forms such as a cylinder, a sphere or a drop. These shapes are then altered using cuts, overlay of colours and other techniques. A timeless collection that breathes serenity and purity.
Anna Torfs Edition
As a continuation of Anna’s unique approach to glass, most pieces in this collection are based on geometric shapes that undergo intense manipulation. Pronounced colours and sharp cuts are applied to create dynamic, energetic pieces. Other pieces originate from a freer approach to shape, resulting in minimalist yet wonderfully sensual pieces. This collection is produced in editions and each piece is numbered. Energy and sensuality pulse through this numbered edition collection.