Kristin Hanson Biography
Kristin Hanson has known she wanted to make the world more beautiful with her jewelry artistry since she was eight years old,
and began creating jewelry from seashells and plastic beads. She's come a long way since then, with her transformative, luxuriant, elegant and witty designs winning her the coveted 2007 Couture Awards as one of America’s top 40 couture designers!
Her work is clamored for by fashion houses and runway shows, and photo shoots in major magazines have used her art to enhance the beauty of luminaries such as Heidi Klum, Rosario Dawson, J-Lo, Beyoncé, and Nelly Furtado.
Born in Montclair, N.J., Kristin Hanson was raised in a home in which design and artistic expression were encouraged and supported.
Kristin studied at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for a year, and then took a bold step towards her vocation,
journeying to the wilds of Colorado to study with legendary master goldsmith Harold O’Connor, absorbing every nuance of painstaking, perfect technique.
Kristin further pursued master training at the Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewelry in historic Florence, Italy under the tutelage of Giampaulo Babetto.
In Tuscany, inspired by the alchemical beauty of timeless Italian tradition, Kristin discovered a love of design and a passion for luxury. With a strong foundation in design and technique to support her concepts, Kristin was ready to make her debut.
After Italy, she returned to her New York origins and launched her first public collection at Bergdorf Goodman.
Her potential to make a unique contribution to contemporary luxury was confirmed. Kristin’s passionate pursuit of innovative, elegant, edgy art had reached a point of fruition. Galleries, stores and collectors of fine jewelry recognized and supported her vision.
In 2006, starting out with one bench in her Brooklyn apartment, Kristin Hanson founded the Kristin Hanson Fine Jewelry School,
which is now the fastest growing school of its kind in the States. Students travel from all over the world to the school which is located in a sunny,
Zen-flavored loft on a tree-lined Brooklyn street. The school is unique for its nonpressure environment. Instead, students are given intensive,
one-on-one instruction, in an atmosphere of community and camaraderie. Hanson loves witnessing the transformation in her students,
and nurtures both their design and entrepreneurial ambitions. "Ultimately, I want everyone who comes here to have their own line of jewelry,"
she says. Fine art jewelry insiders see the beginning of a new generation of jewelry design: accomplished, passionate, holistic.
Students at the Kristin Hanson School of Fine Jewelry are not encouraged simply to engage in an activity, but rather participate in a
holistic lifestyle in which the process of creation and the art object are a platform for wellness, success, and self expression.
Kristin Hanson Design
Curated from nature's menagerie and cast in gem studded precious metals, Kristin Hanson's fine jewelry reflects an uncompromised standard of
luxury married to traditional craftsmanship, innovative design, and purely organic aesthetics. With a keen sensibility for nature’s innate brilliance,
each hand forged piece mirrors an element or form of the natural world, treated with detailed attention to texture, light, color, and form,
revealing and revering its wonder. For the collector with refined tastes and rare originality, Kristin Hanson presents her latest collections including
a new collection for men.
In addition to the school, Kristin continues to build a timeless brand of luxury jewelry.
As she continues to invent and create, her pieces carry into the world the organic beauty of her vision for art and life.
Kristin’s work can be found at fine retailers, galleries, private collections and her own studio showroom in New York.