Photo by Abby White Photography.
Hannah’s two daughters, former students of mine, are blessed with an enchanting imagination and a curiosity for learning. It was no surprise when I heard Hannah was creating jewelry. Creativity runs deep in this family.
How did you get started and where did you get the idea to create jewelry?
Basically, I have always had an appreciation for fashion and an intense desire to create. About two years ago, I started researching jewelry and learning more about what I liked and why. I basically just started paying attention. As my knowledge and skill level grew, I began attending gem and jewelry shows in various cities, such as Las Vegas, Tucson, and New York. Relationships with vendors from the east to west coast formed and I began to refine my line. Overtime, I became more proud of my product. I consider myself self-taught and I remain humbled by the doors the Lord has helped open for me.
Emily Cook, co-owner of Six One Five, is a neighbor and good friend. She bought my first custom piece that I wore to a neighborhood dinner party. She literally went home that night wearing the necklace. I was so excited and grateful. With this new found courage, I approached Sebastians, the first people to believe in me and take a chance on my work. They have always had impeccable taste so to house my line there is a dream. Stanley Korshak, and The Shak have also been extremely supportive and I’m so excited to be involved with them as well. Needless to say, I am humbled.
Please explain your custom work.
I feel like it’s a total collaboration and an honor when someone asks me to create something special for them. There’s a lot of trust involved and the process is so rewarding. Their immediate reaction to the end product is well worth the time it takes to create a piece. I listen to their stories, the reasons behind the piece, and goals for creating a custom item and then give my own suggestions. During the meeting, I sketch designs and leave our collaboration with a basic idea. There are several rounds of sketches before the piece goes into production. My custom work encompasses a broad range from the first letter of child’s names to monograms, or even a meaningful icon. I’ve been doing custom work for about a year and a half and each piece is unique to the owner.
What were you like as a child? And did you grow up in a creative environment?
Yes, my mom is an artist. As a young child, I was very imaginative always putting on plays. During college, I did some voice over work. Throughout my life, I have always wanted to maintain a creative outlet. My mom is a wonderful example, showing me when you are doing what you love you will be successful. She came into painting later in life and feels happiest when she is creating. I am grateful creating jewelry came at this point in my life. Our children are in full day school now and I have the time and energy to devote to my work. But being a mom is my first priority.
Your pieces are exquisite. The materials you use are incredible and unique to your style. Tell me about the various materials and how they become a part of your work?
I love pairing opposite, for example a rock with diamonds. Something unexpected. I tend to work in neutrals. I enjoy finding something and making it unique. I also enjoy including items with a story or a history. Some of the materials I use include fossils, petrified wood, Agate, Pyrite, and antique or vintage beads. There is a lot of thought, which goes into the materials I use, including where and how they are placed. I am currently working with all kinds of gold, matte gold, white gold, and yellow gold.
Regarding your work, do you have anything exciting coming up?
Yes, on October 30th & 31st at Stanley Korshak’s, The Shak, I am having a trunk show, which will also run through the weekend. And I am thrilled to say this show is during Partners Card.
Hannah Ferguson Jewelry can be purchased at...
For custom orders she takes personal appointment.
To see Hannah’s work please visit http://hannahfergusonjewelry.com or
follow her on instagram: @hfergjewels
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