David Hanssen

My work is both visual and tactile, exploring shape, color, texture, and mass to create pieces that call out to be handled.  My pieces range from functional to purely decorative, inspired by the things I see and imagine and animated by the properties and appearance of the materials I start with and the possibilities of what they might become.

One of my current areas of focus is on combining metal and wood to make sculptural forms and vessels.

My metalwork often involves the use of a technique called metal spinning to transform flat discs of metal into three dimensional shapes. I am in the process of developing learning materials for others who may want to explore this technique.