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The Hammer Jewellery Studio School

 Donna Hiebert is the founder of the Hammer Jewellery Studio School and a working artist and jeweller. She completed her BFA at NSCAD University in 1985 and worked in Nova Scotia until moving to Hamilton in 2016. Donna enjoys and is rewarded to share her knowledge, methods, and techniques making and designing jewellery with her students.. Classes are held in her bright, spacious and well equipped studio at the Cotton Factory, a vibrant and growing hub for creative professionals. 


Deftly moving between projects widely varied in scale, technique, ideation, and media, Donna’s artwork includes intimate jewellery, large scale public sculpture, installation works, and poetry. Informed by intuitive revelation and inspired by sacred geometry and the pattern and form in the natural world, Hiebert gathers experiences, tools, worthy materials, off casts, friends, and words around her to begin her projects. She is best known for her monumental public sculpture, The Wave, on the Halifax Waterfront, commissioned in 1988, and beloved by generations of Haligonians and visitors alike.

Hamilton born,  Janice Hagey-Schmidt,  has been a studio jeweller for the last eight years, designing and fabricating jewellery in mixed metals that are sold throughout the U.S., Canada and Internationally. With a background in graphic arts, her work combines computer graphic design such as etching patterns and typography, in combination with the ancient techniques of hammering, forging and soldering, which blend into a fusion of modern and vintage aesthetic. Janice’s pieces are fabricated from recycled flat sheet, wire and tubing and feature many of her one-of-a kind beads and patterns.


After living and working in Southern California for many years, moving back to Hamilton with it’s exciting art scene has been inspiring for Janice. Her work has been shown at several galleries in California, including being selected as a participating artist at 2012 Revere@Manika show in San Francisco.


Janice has attended workshops at Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts and Mendocino Art Center in addition to studying metal arts at both California State University and Pasadena City College. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art from California State University, Fullerton and a Diploma in Package Design from Humber College in Toronto, Canada.

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