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’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.
A Note From Annette
I began working with silver many years ago as a way to take a break from the challenge of being a new mom. Actually, being a mother of young children also led me to refine the intricate, hand-cut design techniques that I specialize in. I started this style of work because it was something I could do without a blowtorch, which I didn’t want to have in my home studio. I quickly realized I loved these approaches to metalwork.
Because I hand cut everything, each piece is truly one of a kind. I am especially fond of the unique qualities and colors of beach stones and baroque pearls and use them in pieces with and without silver.
I hope you enjoy my jewelry as much as I enjoy making it.