After a formative upbringing in Spain, Sarah O'Hana graduated in jewellery and silversmithing from Loughborough College of Art and Design in 1982. Her experience in designing, teaching, writing about and creating jewellery spans almost 40 years.
She won a major award from Arts Council England in 2007 to stage a leading European conference for contemporary jewellery, and has curated many exhibitions that introduced Spanish and Catalan art jewellers to Manchester.
A curiosity of materials and emerging technology won her a Ph.D. in laser processing from The University of Manchester's School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. This was an innovative project that brought together her own art practice with scientific process and led to several publications written on the benefits of cross-disciplinary research. She became course director of the Jewellery and Object degree programme at the University of Lincoln, before joining Manchester Metropolitan University and the world-renowned School of Jewellery in Birmingham.
Sarah also has a huge interest in cooking and spends a great deal of time consulting individual cookery writers for ideas, theories, and kitchen tools. Assembling ingredients for new dishes also influences her work significantly in terms of colour, texture and composition.
When she is not in Spain, Sarah can be found in Manchester where she now works freelance from her studio on new jewellery designs for sale and for exhibitions.