Many of you have probably seen the handcut sterling silver Ohio pendant necklace by Anne Holman of Anne Holman Jewelry Design. I recently bought one for myself and love it! For this month’s At Work column on The Metropreneur, I visited Anne in her open and airy studio space in The Millworks building where she creates all of her beautiful pieces. The large windows flood the space with natural light and the light colored wood floors make it a special place to be, making it easy for her to want to come to work.
At CCAD, she started her focus in Illustration and then switched to Fine Arts to be able to build things. As part of that program, she took a printmaking class, Intaglio, that had her working with copper plates. Then she discovered her love of working with metal.
“I gravitated toward jewelry because I knew it was something I could sell and make a business around. It was a practical way to sell artwork to make a living,” says Holman.
CCAD did not offer any jewelry making classes at the time, so she read many books at the Columbus Metropolitan Library to learn the skills she needed. Jewelry making tools can be expensive and can tend toward very specific use. Holman started with only a couple of hammers and a saw, then slowly added pieces as she needed them and could afford them. Her traditional jewelry bench was a graduation gift.
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