© 2017 Chris Lann Designs

ABOUT

Taking cues from nature, I employ techniques used since the dawn of metalsmithing to create pieces of wearable art that are at once organic and contemporary. From twigs and branches that seem to have grown to fit your body, to delicate hand-knit silver and gold chains, each item is made individually, completely by hand. I forgo methods of mass production such as lost wax casting, in favor of authentic primitive techniques, such as sand casting, which yield jewelry as naturally varied as the people who will wear it.

I have a background in journalism and graphic design, and spent nine years as a newspaper editor and layout artist before leaving that career for fatherhood and to pursue metalsmithing.

Since 2003, I have been exploring and adapting a variety of techniques to create my line of one-of-a-kind and limited-production jewelry, which I sell primarily at art and craft shows in southern New England.

I have made Brattleboro, Vt.,  my home since 1998. In 2010, my family moved to West Brattleboro, which allowed me to set up my current jewelry studio.  

Just as significant for my growth as an artist, the move found me surrounded by the family of artists known as Brattleboro-West Arts. I currently serve as a BWA trustee and chairman of its Publicity Committee.

my TECHNIQUES

 

A hammer, a saw, a torch, some sand, clay and bits of precious metal and stone.

The vast bulk of my work arises from these elemental tools and materials. Most of my jewelry starts as silver that I melt down to make cast forms, sheet and wire. But these components are only the first steps toward a finished design. Click the images below to learn more about what happens next.