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Adda Husted-Andersen
(1898-1990)

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Adda Husted-Andersen
Born in Denmark in 1898, Husted-Andersen studied metalworking at the Technical State School and with silversmith Thyra Veith in Copenhagen. Later she studied at the Badische Kunstgewerbeschule in Pforzheim, Germany and with the renowned French jeweler and silversmith, Jean Dunand in Paris. At some point during her period of studies, she was awarded the Gold & Silversmith Guild Medal in Copenhagen



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Sometime prior to World War II, Husted-Andersen settled in New York City where she eventually set up a workshop and retail outlet. Examples of Adda's work were exhibited in the 1946 landmark exhibition, "Modern Jewelry Design" at the Museum of Modern Art. Husted-Andersen also exhibited work in the 2nd and 3rd Annual "Exhibition of Contemporary Jewelry" at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis in 1948 & 1955 and the Brussels World's Fair in 1958.


An influential teacher and proponent of Modern craft, she was a member of the Artist-Craftsmen New York, the World Crafts Council and honored as a Fellow of the American Crafts Council. Husted-Andersen taught at the Craft Student League in NYC and served on the editorial staff of "Craft Horizons Magazine".



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In 1982, Adda Husted-Andersen was a panel member (along with Allan Adler, Kenneth Bates, Hans Christensen, Alma Eikerman, Fred Miller, John Paul Miller, Ronald H. Pearson, Ruth Penington, John Prip, Arthur Pulos, Carlyle Smith, Richard Thomas, Arthur Vierthaler, Robert von Neumann, Bob Winston, and Margaret Craver Withers) of the symposium "American Metalsmithing and Jewelry Making in the 1940s and 1950s", sponsored by the Renwick Gallery and the Archives of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
An example of her jewelry is in the permanent collection of The Newark Museum of Art.
Adda Husted-Andersen died in Maine in 1990.

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Sources:
Who Was Who in American Art
Peter Hastings Falk, Sound View Press, 1985

Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960: The Wearable Art Movement
Marbeth Schon, Schiffer Publishing, 2004

How to Make Modern Jewelry
Charles Martin, Museum of Modern Art, 1949

Handwrought Jewelry
Lois E. Franke, McKnight & McKnight, 1962

Smithsonian Institute
The Archives of American Art





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