My hands have always reached for thread, yarn, stones and metal to create objects that appealed to my sense of design and fashion. Patterns, color and texture have always pleased me even though I settle into minimalism in my metalsmithing. Being a maker has allowed me to digest this passion and direct my energy into building collections of my work.
Designing comfortable jewelry which demonstrates both a contemporary flare and a knowledge of the craft is my passion. Working with Sterling Silver, I search for shapes and forms which are clean and fluid that emerge through forging, fabrication and casting. This minimalism enables my jewelry to be an accessory or a statement, an everyday piece or a one-of-a-kind item.
My studio is constantly humming with the sounds of hammers, files, sanders, polishers, torches, tumblers and my chair wheeling around from station to station. I love having visitors to my studio – those are the best days of all.
STEEL FOR JEWELERS, with Sarah Holden, Penland School of Crafts, March 2014
A COMPLETE THOUGHT, with Amy Tavern, Penland School of Crafts, August, 2014
FOUNDATIONS OF METALSMITHING, with Lisa Colby, Penland School of Crafts, March 2015
CREATIVE METAL FORMING, with Betty Helen Longhi, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, July 2015
SHAKE HANDS WITH HAMMERS, with Tom McCarthy, Penland School of Crafts, October 2015
FOUNDATIONS OF GOLDSMITHING, with Pat Flynn, High Falls, New York, May 2016
HOLLOW CONCRETE TECHNIQUES FOR JEWELRY, with Demitra Thomloudis, Penland School of Crafts, June 2016
FROM INDUSTRY TO ART; LIQUID FORM ENAMELING, with Kat Cole, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, August 2016
HAND ENGRAVING; PATTERN AND TEXTURE, with Pierce Healy, Penland School of Crafts, March, 2017
JEWELRY TALKS: THOUGHT TO FORM, with Sandra Sherman, Penland School of Crafts, June 2017
JEWELRY NARRATIVE: COLLECTING TO CASTING, with Mary Pearse, Penland School of Crafts, June 2018
FACETED STONESETTING: THEORY AND APPLICATION, with Kirk Lang, Penland School of Crafts, August, 2018
WAX CARVING INTENSIVE WORKSHOP, with Kate Wolf, Kate Wolf Studio, Portland, ME, September 2018
WAX CARVING RETREAT, with Kate Wolf, Upperville, VA, March, 2019
STREAMLINING IN THE STUDIO, with Julia Turner, Penland School of Craft, May, 2019
Liz Hanson has been a familiar face – both around town as a longtime Charlottesville resident and as a customer at Scarpa. over the past year, we’ve come to know Liz in a new capacity: as designer and maker of her namesake metal jewelry line. we visited Liz’s beautiful home and studio at the end of the summer to chat about her work. MORE…
An artist who strives for “depth and simplicity” in her work, Liz Hanson created a beautiful and bold jewelry line that echoes one of the dresses on display from Saint Laurent’s Mondrian Collection. Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian Collection, an homage to the work of Piet Mondrian, featured what Mondrian called “The Trinity”—primary colors red, blue and yellow—and geometric shape
As I walk into Liz Hanson’s Ivy home, a few minutes behind Karen and Andrea, I notice immediately that its just that – a home. The door was left open for me, just enough to say, “come on in.” I can hear laughter from somewhere inside, while a lazy lab greets me at the door. There are no pretenses here. MORE…
A lifelong crafter, Liz Hanson has always had a passion for creative arts. Pursuing several mediums over the years—knitting, needlepoint and beading among them—it was only recently that Liz took an interest in metal. Taking a “Steel for Jewelers” course, she learned how to create her own clasps and ended up making a simple steel bracelet, which led to more classes and a new career.