Artist Statement – Penni creates unique, modern, jewelry designs that impart a sense of beauty, meaning and enjoyment to their owners and admirers.
Artist Biography – Penni Hollander Hauck was born in Camden, New Jersey and grew up in New Jersey and Queens, New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from S.U.N.Y. at Albany and double majored in Biology and Environmental Studies. She graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Miami.
Penni is married to Charles Hauck and they have two daughters and two grandchildren. Penni is retired from the State of Florida where she worked in various capacities including teacher of Biology and Ecology in Dade County, GIS Data Analyst at the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, and Environmental Scientist and Water Use Specialist at the St. Johns River Water Management District.
Penni has always had a love of arts and crafts and began making jewelry many years ago after taking a class at a local bead shop. Jewelry making soon became her passion and she continues to enjoy taking jewelry classes, learning new techniques and employing those techniques in her work. Penni’s jewelry designs are primarily in sterling silver, and copper. She uses a variety of jewelry construction techniques in her designs including hammering and forging, precious metal clay forming, contemporary wire work and weaving, as well as, enameling. Penni has studied metalsmithing locally with Pat Telesco and Dieter Dohrman through Santa Fe College and has studied enameling and cloisonne with Atlanta enamel artist Ricky Frank. Penni regularly attends classes at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Young Harris, Georgia where she has studied with numerous talented artists including Wire Weaving with Kaska Firor, Cold Connections with Kim St. Jean, and Chasing and Repousse with Tom and Kay Benham. Penni’s jewelry designs re-create her love of nature, as well as her appreciation for fantasy and whimsy.