the artist

Welcome to bluemetal design.

My name is Susan Hanna.  I live in a small town in Western Massachusetts with my husband and three teenage children.  For the past 17 years I have been creating wire and metal sculptures, which I have sold at craft shows, arts festivals, shops, galleries and most recently, online.

In addition to making metal sculptures,  I have been working in the disability field as an advocate, an information and referral specialist, a writer/researcher and as a 1:1 teacher in classrooms with children with special needs since graduating from the University of Vermont with a BA in Psychology.

As a child growing up in New York City, I was fortunate to spend a great deal of time in museums.  I was particularly fascinated by Calder’s mobiles, jewelry and his other works of art, as well as by artists like Klee and Miro.  While I had been collecting inexpensive mobiles throughout my youth,  I received my first “real” mobile as a gift from my father when I was around 15 years old.  That mobile was my favorite possession.

I began making mobiles and wire sculptures of my own, in the early 1990s.  I sold them in local shops and arts festivals and also made custom pieces.  I used a variety of light materials, like paper, hand painted foam, anodized aluminum and leather and thin brass or steel wire.

I landed a job, in 2000, working with Roo Trimble, a RISD graduate in industrial design. Roo started Roodesign, an architectural metal work company that machines, fabricates and designs custom metal work for hotels, restaurants and private residences, most of which are in NYC.  (rootrimble.com).   I’ve worked with Roo on a wide variety of custom projects for clients, including: Chambers Hotel NYC, Citarella NYC, POD Restaurant Philadelphia, Boca Raton Resort and Club FL and many private residences.  After a couple of years I became a partner in the business.  Since I began working at Roodesign, I have particularly enjoyed learning about metal fabrication and I’ve been working on creating larger scale mobiles, sculptures, tables and custom armatures and stands for a variety of antique pieces. Roo has also been designing and fabricating an alternative 3-wheeled vehicle (roopod.com).

I began making peace signs at the start of the Iraq war.  The peace signs were initially a personal statement for the end of my driveway, but as others in my town began to request them, with Roo’s help I began making and selling them in shops and online, along with some of my other wire and metal sculpture and furniture.  It is very gratifying to drive through my town and see my peace signs in gardens and yards along the way and to know that they have been shipped to many parts of the country.

As I continue to make more sculptures and improve my website building skills, I’ll be adding more to this site, so please visit often and feel free to leave comments.  If  you are interested in purchasing any of my work or commissioning a custom piece, please contact me via the contact form on this site.  Some of my work is also available through Etsy (bluemetal.etsy.com), an online store for “all things handmade”.

Thanks for visiting bluemetal design,

Susan Hanna