Skip to content

Maria Hanson

Maria Hanson

Reader in Metalwork and Jewellery


Maria is subject tutor for Metalwork and Jewellery students on the MA Design Course, and contributes to lectures and seminars for postgraduate students across all design disciplines. Since joining Sheffield Hallam University in 2003 she also acted for a short time as Course Leader for the Undergraduate Metalwork and Jewellery course and continues to tutor final year dissertation work.

  • About

    Maria's research is primarily practice-led, but is underpinned by historical and contemporary cultural theory. Through the production of artefacts she explores the relationship between jewellery and objects to body and place. Sensory experience through the interaction of these objects challenges the wearer or users emotive, physical and visual perceptions. Recent work has focused on the function and value of contemporary objects within both identified rites of passage and religious and domestic rituals.

    She is involved with various regional and national organisations in projects that promote, advance and disseminate excellence within the field of silversmithing and jewellery. These include the Sheffield Assay office, The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust, Arts Council Yorkshire and the Goldsmiths' Company.

  • Teaching

    Department of Art and Design

    Science, Technology and Arts

  • Research

    • Art and Design Research Centre
    • Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute

    Objects + Ritual: Function - value - adornment

    Beneath the Skin

    What's in my stuff


  • Publications

Share this page

Cancel event

Are you sure you want to cancel your place on Saturday 12 November?