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Mary Lee Hu

Mary Lee Hu works in 22k and 18k yellow gold, weaving and fabricating by hand. Her jewelry ranges from abstract and geometric, to sinuous and fl oral. She is well known or having been a Professor of Metals from 1980-2006 at the University of Washington. Her solo exhibition, Knitted, Knotted, Twisted & Twined, was held at Bellevue Arts Museum in 2012.

Hu has received three National Endowment of the Arts Craftsman Fellowships. Her work is in major collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Renwick Gallery, the American Crafts Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Hu is the winner of the 2008 Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

“I have spent forty-seven years exploring various ways of using round wire with processes borrowed from the textile field... My tool kit is simple. Wire cutters, pliers, and my fingers are my basic tools.”

Mary Lee Hu was one of the first jewelry artists to show at Facèré and was influential in inspiring Karen Lorene to promote jewelry as an art form.

Current Work

Choker #91 
18k and 22k yellow gold. Approx 6 3/4" X 6 1/2" X 3/8". 2013. 
Exhibit: So Fine 



Earrings #204 
In 14k and 22k gold. Approx 1.25" diameter. 

Past Work

2008 "Brooch #33" 
In 18k and 22k gold. 3.5 x 4.5 x 0.75" 
Exhibit: Celebrating 70 


Brooch #7 
Brooch in 18 and 22K gold, twined and fabricated. Approximately 3" x 1 1/2" x 1/2".