The Artist: Jacob Lee Hansard, Nevada City
What is your career and your current job title? Artistic Fine Jewelry Designer and Craftsman.
Describe in a sentence or two your art. Modern Titanium jewelry with heavy influences from industrial architecture, graphic design, and abstract fine art.
How long have you been working in this discipline? 3 years.
Why do you do it? There is something very rewarding about making an art form that is worn with pride by people. While making a piece, my mind is fascinated by the possibilities of what a ring might mean to a person. Could it be a gift to show someone’s love for another, or is it a forever promise, or is it simply a fashion statement. My curiosity and the stories that a ring can hold is what keeps me going and the fact that I’m making something that could make someone so happy makes it all worth it.
What do you hope to accomplish? To perfect my skills. To make a mark in the fashion industry. To make a good living off what I love the most, art.
Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive and if yes, what is that message? I believe the most important message is in the hands of the receiver of the ring, not my own.
Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part time versus full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? I want to only make art, other jobs are just filler and to pay the rent. I want my work to be everywhere, I want to be stressed out because I have too much to handle.
What kind of special training did you take? Working with Titanium Arts Studio was my training.
What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? Shipping a finished ring to a pleased person. A close second, creating a new design that I’m completely content with.
What’s your least favorite part of your endeavors? The shakes. Sometimes I get so nervous during the intricate parts of making a piece, I get shaky and my heart starts pounding. I want so badly for every piece of jewelry I make to be as perfect as humanly possible, sometimes it makes me go a little nutty.
How many hours a day, or more appropriate, a week, do you spend on your work? Between 30-35 hours a week
Do you consider it hard work and could anyone do it? I do consider it hard work. Sometimes it’s very taxing on my body, and my brain. I don’t think anyone could do it. It takes a certain amount of finesse, a good eye for design, and an enormous amount of patients.
“The Artist” appears each Friday. To suggest a creative talent who should be profiled in this feature, contact Pam Jung at email@example.com or 477-4232.
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