Ann Hartley's Profile

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Come back into my shop here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/hartleystudio

I have always had busy hands, it runs in my family. I can remember macrame plant holders, cross stitch samplers, bargello pillows, sewing, quilting and candle making. When I found the printmaking studio at Baylor University, I thought I was in love. In retrospect, I know now it was the metal, the tools and the process that lured me in, not the image making. I completed my BFA in 1990 and, after a hiatus, found myself at Illinois State University pursuing my Master's degree. Technically, I was a very good printmaker but the images were forced and empty. in 1995, while home in Louisville, KY for the summer, I wandered into Objects of Desire gallery and fell head over heels in love, with jewelry. I had never seen jewelry like this!! Pieces of art to wear. I was hired on…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 6
  • Joined October 5, 2008

Favorite materials

silver, gold, yarn, paper, found objects, precious and non precious stones

Shop

hartleystudio
Handmade Jewelry in sterling silver and gold

About

Come back into my shop here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/hartleystudio

I have always had busy hands, it runs in my family. I can remember macrame plant holders, cross stitch samplers, bargello pillows, sewing, quilting and candle making. When I found the printmaking studio at Baylor University, I thought I was in love. In retrospect, I know now it was the metal, the tools and the process that lured me in, not the image making. I completed my BFA in 1990 and, after a hiatus, found myself at Illinois State University pursuing my Master's degree. Technically, I was a very good printmaker but the images were forced and empty. in 1995, while home in Louisville, KY for the summer, I wandered into Objects of Desire gallery and fell head over heels in love, with jewelry. I had never seen jewelry like this!! Pieces of art to wear. I was hired on the spot and worked the first of many summers. The owner, Julia Comer, was my mentor and when I went back to Illinois State, I quit the printmaking program and joined the metals department. I completed an entire portfolio in one semester and was accepted at the University of Illinois for grad school.

I graduated with my MFA and got married in 1999 and moved to Columbus, OH with my husband. While my husband worked on his MFA in painting at OSU, I worked as a goldsmith at a very swanky jewelry store. What I didn't learn at school, I learned here under the instruction of some of the best goldsmiths in the country.

Several years ago I decided I wanted to stay at home with my kids, so we packed up our car and moved to the Midwest. After two years of making nothing but dinners, I was going stir crazy so my husband built me my wonderful studio. I have two great kids, a wonderful husband and a kooky dog! All four are very supportive of my studio practice. My studio is out in our backyard where I can watch birds and knit when I'm supposed to be making jewelry.

I love making jewelry and am inspired by everything I see. I love architecture, hikes in the woods, canoeing, knitting and sewing. I love playing with my kids and watching them learn new things every day.

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Have a wonderful day!!

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