Annette Donnelly is a Massachusetts native who grew up with the Yankee tradition of making things by hand. Inspired by a grandfather who was an artist and a skilled craftsman, she developed a fascination with his workbenches at an early age. “Any day that I was allowed to use hand tools was a good one. Grampa passed along an attitude that you could learn how make anything you like; I like jewelry.”
Annette began working with silver many years ago as a way to take a break from the challenge of being a new mom. Being a mother of young children also led her to refine the intricate, hand-cut design techniques that is her specialty. She started this style of work because it was something that could be done without a blowtorch, which she didn’t want to have in her home studio. Quickly, she realized she loved these approaches to metalwork. Because Annette hand cuts everything, each piece is truly one of a kind. She is especially fond of the unique qualities and colors of beach stones and baroque pearls and uses them in pieces with and without silver.
Annette’s pieces feature original, organic shapes, free flowing lines, and contrasting textures. She specializes in creating intricate, hand-cut designs in sterling silver. Finishing accents include freshwater pearls, and semi-precious gemstones. Her work has been featured and sold at many galleries and shops in the Boston area.