Anne Hanson is a metal smith and jewelry designer who works in a variety of metals, primarily Argentium sterling silver, 14k gold, and Bimetal (18K gold on silver). Texturing and dimension are hallmark style elements in Anne’s unique designs. Her line of jewelry is handcrafted solely by her, using traditional smithing methods of forging, roller printing, and soldering. Initially self-taught, she received a B.A. in Art Education from Cornell College in Iowa, with her senior thesis in jewelry and ceramics. Her art career was put on hold, while she and her husband owned and operated a 200+ acre dairy farm in Wisconsin, where they raised three daughters. Upon moving to New England, Anne rekindled her passion to express herself through jewelry and furthered her education via master classes at the DeCordova Museum, in Lincoln, MA, the Worcester Center for Crafts, and the MetalWerx in Waltham, MA.
In the summer of 2004, Anne suffered a stroke, which impaired her speech and all dominant side motor skills. The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission’s Assistive Technology Center helped to modify her studio space, creating methods and tools that make it possible for Anne to work once again. Undeterred by some physical limitations, she works with mainly her left hand, creating intricate and detailed jewelry.
Anne now operates her jewelry business from a home studio in a rural area near Ruckersville, VA, and continues to sell to galleries primarily on the east coast. She has earned professional state-jury status in the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, and in the past, her collection has been selected for Artist of the year Traveling Exhibit. She also has exhibited in regional exhibitions of arts and crafts at the Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA.
Prior to moving to Virginia, Anne was an active member and former president of the Merrimack Valley Artisans, a group devoted to high quality and fine workmanship in a variety of artistic media.
Quilting is another artistic endeavor for Anne. In the past, she taught quilting in the Groton-Dunstable Middle School, having organized the “ABC QUILTS” group that met weekly after school throughout the year. In 5 years, the children under Anne’s supervision made over 80 quilts for “at-risk” infants and toddlers. Anne won the Directors’ Choice Award for her custom designed quilt in the 1991 East Coast Quilters Alliance Show in Westford, MA.