From an early age, Arkansas-born Heather Hahn Henry learned to appreciate craftsmanship. Growing up in Augusta, Georgia, though a self-professed tomboy, she loved playing with her mother and grandmother’s fine jewelry collection — from jade and cloisonné to broaches and cameos. Her father, a nuclear engineer whose career led the family to travel the world, was a talented welder and carpenter in his spare time.
Following graduation from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Sociology, Heather worked in Child Protective Services and Welfare. An impromptu move to Austin, TX, with its ever-present creative and artistic community, inspired her to change course — first to interior design and then to fashion, where she worked as a manager at a major department store.
In 2006, after marrying her husband David in Italy, they moved to Mexico City where Heather enrolled in metalsmith classes. Upon returning to Lubbock, Texas, where they now live, she continued her training as a goldsmith’s apprentice and accepted a position as Jewelry Buyer for luxury boutique Malouf’s.
She began to give her handmade pieces as gifts to friends, and soon after was participating in trunk shows, competing in art festivals, and selling in fine retail stores. Today, Heather’s passionate hobby has become her treasured vocation with Heather Henry Design, a luxury lifestyle collection of fine jewelry, minaudières and day bags inspired by the organic beauty of natural stones and raw elegance of precious metals.
She works between her small home studio and one in an artist’s enclave that is part of the Charles Adams Studio Project (CASP) located at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) in Lubbock, TX – a campus dedicated to the Arts and artists that was the vision of her husband’s grandmother, Louise Underwood.
Heather is an active member of the local arts community as a member of the LHUCA advisory council, Vice President of Friends of Music board, board member of Ballet Lubbock and board member of Medici Circle, which raises money for Texas Tech art students and programs.