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Born in Lakewood, NJ, and based in Acton, MA, Frann Addison received her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and her Masters of Fine Arts in metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. While at Cranbrook Addison began creating Judaica, and her extensive research on these ceremonial objects culminated in the writing of her Master’s thesis, “Jewish Ceremonial Objects Used in the Home.” It is this research that Addison has used as a basis for her lecture/slide presentation which traces the history and evolution of Judaica.
Her one-of-a-kind Judaica in pewter, brass, glass, antique elements, and found objects has been featured in numerous publications and juried shows. Most recently, in 2014, her diningroom/kitchen mezuzzah series and her “Memories of Mom Menorah” were included in the book, “Art Without Waste: 500 Upcycled & Earth-Friendly Designs” by Patty Wongpakdee.
In 2010, her work was included in two books: “500 Judaica” (a Miriam’s Cup and a Tzedakah Box) and in “Pewter Studio:Contemporary Projects and Techniques.” (Havdalah Set)
“The Art of Ritual” in 2009 was a solo show of her work at Mayyim Hayyim, Newton, MA
Also in 2009 Addison’s pewter Havdalah Set was featured in the calendar, “Jewish Women Artisans”, published by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.
Addison is a NICHE Awards finalist (the highest award for crafts) for 2015 in the Judaica and Recycled categories.
One of her ritual objects, an etrog box, was purchased by the Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, for their permanent collection.
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