Hannah Blount '08: jewelry designer, entrepreneur
With a design studio in Boston, Hannah Blount sells her jewelry in boutiques and galleries across the world.
The daughter of a fisherman and a seamstress, Hannah Blount was raised in the tradition of hand skills, hard work, and dedication. Her fine jewelry encompasses an organic and refined aesthetic. Hannah currently works out of her studio in Boston, MA, and sells her jewelry in various boutiques and galleries across the world.
Inspiring studio location
My studio is located in the SOWA Artists Studios. I love the artist environment, and the historical building is every inspiring to my aesthetic.
Transition from student to professional
As with all artists, it took a little while to get on my feet, but I felt really prepared after my time at UMassD. I started my business as soon as I graduated, and became fully self-employed about three years after.
Building a brand
Being able to make jewelry full-time and build my brand has been my "biggest win" since graduation. It's been so exciting to see my work out of context—as in, on strangers or industry members I really admire!
Evolution & consistency
My attention to detail and quality of finishing has remained consistent. My design aesthetic has evolved immensely and is always growing.
Advice to students
Make what you love, and you'll be successful. Don't design for trends. Be authentic and people will respond to that.