Mary Lee Hu


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    Mary Lee Hu
    Brooch #27

    Twined 18K and 22K gold

    4 3/8" l x 2" w x 3/4" d

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    Mary Lee Hu
    Brooch #35 "Trillium"

    Twined 18K and 22K gold

    4 3/4" l x 2 1/4" w x 1" d

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    Mary Lee Hu
    Brooch #33 (Orchid)

    Twined 18K and 22K gold

    3.75" x 4.75" x 1"

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    Mary Lee Hu
    Choker #75

    1988. Twined 18K and 22K gold

    7" x 6 1/4" x 3/4"

    Choker #75 was included in the following museum exhibitions:
    1991 "Artists at Work: 25 Norhwest Glassmakers, Ceramicists & Jewelers", Cheney Cowles Memorial Museum, Spokane, WA & Boise Art Museum, ID
    1992 "Repair Days Reunion", National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN
    1993 "Mary Lee Hu: Master Metalsmith", National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, TN
    2001 "Under the Influence", Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
    2001 "Flet/Braid Exhibition", Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark & Tonder Museum, Denmark

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    Mary Lee Hu
    Brooch #37 (Lily Bouquet)

    Twined 18K and 22K gold

    3" x 3.75" x .25"

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    Mary Lee Hu
    Earrings

    Twined 18K and 22K gold

    1 3/16" x 15/16" x 1/2"

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    Mary Lee Hu
    Choker #90

    Twined 18K and 22K gold

    8.5" x 9.5" x 2"

    Private Collection

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    Mary Lee Hu
    Choker #93

    Twined 18K and 22K gold

    20" long, central element measures 3" x 4.5"

    Private Collection

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    Mary Lee Hu
    Bracelet #18

    1982. Fine and sterling silver, 24K gold

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    Mary Lee Hu
    Brooch #22

    Twined 18K and 22K gold

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    Mary Lee Hu
    Earrings #193

    Twined 18K and 22K gold

    2.5" x 1" x .4"

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    Mary Lee Hu
    Earrings

    Twined 18K and 22K gold

    1" x 7/8" x 1/2"

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Mary Lee Hu
Brooch #27

Twined 18K and 22K gold


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Mary Lee Hu
Brooch #35 “Trillium”

Twined 18K and 22K gold


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Mary Lee Hu
Brooch #33 (Orchid)

Twined 18K and 22K gold


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Mary Lee Hu
Choker #75

1988. Twined 18K and 22K gold


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Mary Lee Hu
Brooch #37 (Lily Bouquet)

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Mary Lee Hu
Earrings

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Mary Lee Hu
Choker #90

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Mary Lee Hu
Choker #93

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Mary Lee Hu
Bracelet #18

1982. Fine and sterling silver, 24K gold


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Mary Lee Hu
Brooch #22

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Mary Lee Hu
Earrings #193

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Mary Lee Hu
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Mary Lee Hu
Brooch #27

Twined 18K and 22K gold


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Mary Lee Hu
Brooch #35 “Trillium”

Twined 18K and 22K gold


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Mary Lee Hu
Brooch #33 (Orchid)

Twined 18K and 22K gold


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Mary Lee Hu
Choker #75

1988. Twined 18K and 22K gold


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Mary Lee Hu
Brooch #37 (Lily Bouquet)

Twined 18K and 22K gold


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Mary Lee Hu
Earrings

Twined 18K and 22K gold


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Mary Lee Hu
Choker #90

Twined 18K and 22K gold


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Mary Lee Hu
Choker #93

Twined 18K and 22K gold


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Mary Lee Hu
Bracelet #18

1982. Fine and sterling silver, 24K gold


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Mary Lee Hu
Brooch #22

Twined 18K and 22K gold


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Mary Lee Hu
Earrings #193

Twined 18K and 22K gold


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Mary Lee Hu
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Weaving gold into regal jewels, master goldsmith Mary Lee Hu uses her hands rather than a loom. Hu twines still high carat gold wires into necklaces, brooches, earrings and rings, giving them the illusion of fluidity and softness as only she can.

“After I had been weaving for a while, I was examining a Northweast Coast cedar bark basket with a surface texture I liked and found that it used two wefts in each row that were twisting around each other as they went over and under the warps — one went over and the other went under each warp, then they passed each other as they went up and down so as to become twisted. This is called twining and it is used extensively in basketry and also to make loom-woven rugs. I fell in love with it. When twisting two elements, the tighter the twist, and the wider the flat elements are compared to their height, the more of a diagonal one will see in the twist. This diagonal is what attracted me to the way the surface of twining appeared. I wanted to replicate it, so I used two round wires running next to each other to make a wider weft element, and kept my warps closely spaced to give a tighter twist. Using double weft elements has been referred to by others as double twining and I have used it almost exclusively since 1976.”

- Mary Lee Hu, Knitted, Knotted, Twisted & Twined: The Jewelry of Mary Lee Hu

Selected Collections

  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  • National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, TN
  • Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art, Washington DC
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom
  • Numerous private collections throughout the United States and internationally