From hand crafted jewellery which frequently incorporates blown glass elements; to large statement sculptural glass- Frances Hanson enjoys playing with the curious mediums of metal and glass, continually attempting to redefine their boundaries.
Hanson takes great pride in her works, each piece being created individually to become a truly unique artwork. When casting, Hanson follows the ancient technique of lost wax. From a sculpture designed in clay or wax, a mold is made. After melting the wax out of the mold, the form is put into a kiln where the final material (glass or metal) is melted into the hollow mold. In the case of her glass works, the mold is then annealed over a number of days. When the kiln is cold the mold is removed and the outside shell carefully broken away to reveal the molten sculpture. From here the long finishing process begins; cleaning, sanding and polishing.
Simplicity is at the forefront of Hanson’s design process, with the artist favouring universal shapes such as the disc, teardrop and oval. Subject Matter for her pieces comes from New Zealand flora and fauna, cycles and seasons.
Hanson is partner to award winning glass artist John Hanson. The creative duo frequently collaborate and exhibit together. Frances Hanson is a committed member of the NZSAG and has received critical acclaim for her work. Notable awards include multiple category prizes at the Auckland Easter Glass Awards, the Mairangi Ceramic and Sculpture Awards and the NZGBA Fused Glass Award (National Award). Her work can be found in private collections throughout Australasia.
Frances Hanson enjoys playing with the curious mediums of metal and glass, continually attempting to redefine their boundaries.