Anne Sportun began experimenting with jewellery in the basement of her childhood home where her father, a high school shop instructor, had a workshop full of tools. When Anne delivered her first wholesale order at the age of sixteen, she had no idea that she had taken the first steps of her professional career. Nor did she know that years later she would make the conscious decision to defer academic studies in Archaeology to enroll in a three year Jewellery Arts Program. Anne's passion for jewellery making set her on the path that would lead her to where she is today.
In 1987, Anne registered her company Experimetal Jewellery Works, but still held odd jobs to make ends meet. While working part-time at an architect’s office, Anne met Barbara Kelly, who fell in love with Anne’s work. The two young women became fast friends. Together they began developing Experimetal. Barb represented the work at international trade shows while Anne devoted her time to the studio. It was inevitable that the two friends would become business partners.
Experimetal's first retail location opened in Toronto in 1992. With retail success and a growing wholesale clientèle the business expanded quickly, as did Anne’s reputation for creating well-designed, finely-made jewellery. Today, the company’s team of highly-skilled goldsmiths hand-crafts each piece of jewellery in down town Toronto. Anne oversees every detail and consults with clients at her fashionable Queen Street West store while her business partner Barbara Kelly travels across North America appearing at trunk shows and exhibiting at trade shows.
In 2003 Anne's contribution to the art of jewellery making was honoured by a Canadian postage stamp featuring the image of her hands and jewellery.
Driven by her belief in a universal language of shape and form, Toronto jewellery designer Anne Sportun looks to nature for inspiration. Anne translates the subtle beauty of organic asymmetry into her work. The combination of traditional gold-smithing techniques with Anne’s design sensibility brings a sophisticated dichotomy to her pieces. In her work and in her life, she strives to combine the precious with the everyday. Awarded for her excellence in craftsmanship and contemporary design, her work is collected by those who share Anne’s vision.
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