When I came across Hannah Blount's jewelry designs while browsing Instagram, I immediately connected with them. There is a beautiful and unique simplicity to her work. The stone colors, the thoughtfully placed prongs and the gorgeous craftsmanship are all elements that drew me in. Each piece seems to tell a story.
Hannah got started creating jewelry as a little girl when she was gifted a "how-to" bead book for her birthday.
"I just loved creating things, and spent countless hours wire-wrapping and beading. I took classes and worked in the field until I was able to fully study metalsmithing as my major at Umass Dartmouth. I am lucky that I knew exactly what I wanted to do since age six, and so fortunate to have a family that pushed me to go for it."
"I use a lot of traditional metalsmithing techniques in my jewelry- my favorite process is wax carving. Everything from nautical creatures to ladies' faces, I love the concept of the miniature three-dimensional. There is so much you can do with wax.
The carved pieces generally get molded and cast, but I still do a lot of hand-building- especially for my one-of-a-kind pieces with stones. Each stone is unique, so I build a setting with sheet and wire and charcoal. The one-of-a-kind is really fun because I get to experiment and grow within the collection- each piece gets a different creative twist."
"I draw inspiration from many things, but nature and Art Nouveau are woven through much of what I make.
But more than anything else, I am inspired by women. I work with so many strong women; jewelry is intimate and personal, it is such a compliment to have my work chosen by someone I admire."
Hannah's current favorite pieces are from the collection that I love the most as well. She calls these her ladies from her Cameo collection.
When not designing Hannah loves to bake, which I find interesting because Todd Reed, as well as many other designers I know, like to bake. She's not much of a cook, but is working on perfecting recipes passed down from family members.
When asked about favorite designers Hannah responded, "I love (love love love) Gustav Klimt. He paints like a jeweler, and his women are feminine but fierce with their lavish adornment."
Hannah's current favorite band: First Aid Kit
Below are some of my favorite pieces designed and handcrafted by Hannah. See more on her website!