Columbus Makes Art Presents Jewelry Artist Hannah Hoffman
Over 150 artists will be selling their handcrafted work at Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s 25th-annual Art Studio Clearance Sale. Several local artists will be on hand, including Columbus jewelry artist Hannah Hoffman, who has been participating in the sale for several years. We talked to Hannah about her art prior to the opening of the Clearance Sale.
Kim: Where did you go to school and what did you study?
Hannah: I studied fine arts at Ohio State with a concentration in glass art.
Kim: How did you get started in metalsmithing and jewelry?
Hannah: I discovered metalsmithing during my senior year at Ohio State. I began making glass jewelry with a friend and I wanted to incorporate metal into the work. Ohio State doesn’t offer small-metals classes, so I took a course at the Cultural Arts Center. I immediately fell in love with the versatility and process of metalsmithing. My first class was 10 years ago, and I’ve continued to take classes at the Cultural Arts Center, as there is always more to learn.
Kim: How long have you been creating jewelry full time and what outlets do you use to sell your work?
Hannah: I’ve been creating jewelry full time for three-and-a-half years, but I began my business roughly eight years ago. The transition to full-time artist was a slow and steady process for me. I sell my work online, at craft fairs and at several locations across the U.S., including here in Columbus.
Kim: What inspires your art?
Hannah: I find art, travel and sustainability to be my biggest inspirations. I find traveling can allow the mind to relax, which opens the channel for creative ideas to flow. I enjoy thinking creatively about incorporating sustainable methods within my work and my studio. The majority of my work is made with recycled materials and environmentally friendly methods.
Kim: What direction are you headed in with your art? Any new ideas in the works?
Hannah: I’m currently designing my spring collection, which will be released in late February. It includes some spin-offs from my current work, as well as some pieces that feel entirely new to me — which is exciting! One of my big goals for the year is to start creating sculpture/art pieces again. I’ve been primarily focused on growing my business for the past several years, and I’m ready to create some larger pieces that are not functional or fashion-based. I like to think of my jewelry as miniature sculptures, and I’m excited to see how larger work will influence my jewelry line and vice versa.
Kim: What’s your favorite thing about the Columbus arts scene right now?
Hannah: The Columbus arts scene feels very inclusive, and I love that about it. My connections are mainly with artists who run small businesses, and I receive a lot of support from these folks. I find other artists in Columbus to be very open and willing to share their experiences, which creates an environment that feels really positive. I’ve benefited immensely from connecting with other artists, and it’s hard to imagine running a business without this network. The Columbus arts scene is vibrant and full of talent. It’s exciting to see an abundance of artists with small businesses thriving in this community.
Kim: What do you enjoy about the Art Studio Clearance Sale?
Hannah: The Art Studio Clearance Sale is always a fun event with a loyal following. Clearing out my studio and selling retired or imperfect work to the customers of the Clearance Sale is extremely satisfying. It opens up physical space in my studio, and it also inspires me to create new designs.
The Art Studio Clearance Sale offers fine jewelry, functional pottery, blown glass, wearable art, paintings, photography and more — all at reduced prices. The juried event will be held Feb. 1–2 at the Lausche Building at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Hours: Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $6; tickets can be purchased online at www.ohiocraft.org or at the door. Discount tickets can be purchased at the Ohio Craft Museum. For details, see www.ohiocraft.org or telephone (614) 486-4402.
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