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Life & Work with Hannah Lee

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hannah Lee. 

Hi Hannah, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
I began with very basic metalsmithing techniques throughout high school and college. Metalsmithing was always my favorite medium. I was able to learn with inexpensive metals such as copper and brass, and I purchased the necessary tools for the job. 

I obtained my first actual sale in 2015 when a friend advised me to sell my handmade items on the internet. Internet sales, in addition to attendance at festivals and art events, allowed me to turn my passion into a full-time job. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Learning how to run a business was an inevitable challenge. I learned how to present myself and my artwork in a professional manner. I learned how to maintain my own website, obtain proper licenses and insurance, pay taxes, improve my photography- the list goes on. 

The passion I have for art, plus the gratitude from my customers, influences me to improve my business anyway I can. 

Thanks – so, what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m able to create a unique piece of jewelry where you will not find it anywhere else in the world, and a customer could either want it personally or request to have it made as a gift for a very special birthday. Customers will go out of their way to tell me they love their purchases. I also allow my customers to provide me feedback on my work. I allow them to leave me a review online and see me in person at my pop-up booth. It’s all very positive and contributes to my happiness while also allowing me to grow. 

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
The number of local businesses and artists to shop from is what I like best. Artists are provided the opportunity to support each other. 

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