Tanya Crane is a Professor of the Practice in Metals at the School Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Crane received her MFA in Metalsmithing + Jewelry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015, and her BFA in Metal from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is the 2017 winner of the Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award and her first solo exhibition, Tributaries: Polarity, Exposing the Tensity was exhibited at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee in January of 2019.
New England, and my new home of Pawtucket in particular, has a significance to my work that was previously not a conscious consideration but has recently posited itself as a grand signifier in my existence as a jewelry artist. It is learning about New England’s seminal history as the seat of the American Industrial Revolution; the undeniable gravity to the founding of this nation; its growth and ultimate dissolution; and the remnants and detritus that are informing my current work.