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Metalsmith Sarahanne Coggeshall killed

Today is a sad day for me and for the metalsmithing field. My
friend, colleague and faculty of Metalwerx was killed at 1:30am
driving her truck on her way home. She fell asleep at the wheel and
crashed. I’m saddened that this young woman at 31 no longer has a
life of metalsmithing and art. We were school friends at Mass College
of Art.

For those of you who drive late at night and are tired when you get
behind the wheel…don’t. And remember, buckle up.

Sarahanne, we will miss you.

Sarahanne has been admiring and making jewelry ever since she
got her ears pierced at age 6, making adornments out of
anything she could possibly find. She began as a student in
the arts in 1994, at U-Mass Dartmouth, where she studied
ceramics, jewelry, and metalsmithing, earning her BFA in 1998.
Just after, she obtained a Masters degree from Massachusetts
College of Art, in Boston, adding sculpture, welding, glass,
and performance to her interests and skills in the arts. After
finishing her masters, she has studied metalworking in
Ravenstien, The Netherlands, at the Opere International
Jewellry School, Peters Valley, New England School of
Metalwork, Metals Edge, Metalwerx, DeCordova Museum, Fuller
Craft Museum, and at J.Fred Woell Studios. Through school she
worked as a garden designer and landscaper, collecting insects
and spent dead heads to inspire and or the become part of her
work. Since graduating, she has been teaching art classes to
adults and children around the U.S. at schools like DeCordova
Museum, Mass. College of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Metals
Edge, Sharon Arts Center, Lexington Arts and Crafts Metal
Workers Guild, as well as instructing private lessons in her
studio. One very exciting project she had the opportunity to
work on was a Discovery Channel Documentary called Machines
Lost in Time, where she helped to recreate one of the first
submarines known to man. She believes that any medium or
process can offer and ideas for another. From
skydiving to cooking, she draws inspiration from everything
life has to offer.

School for Jewelry and the Metalarts
50 Guinan St.
Waltham, MA 02451
781 891 3854

Hello Karen;

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I had an apprentice who was
epileptic and had a siezure while driving. His car left the road and
he was killed. He was very young with a promising future. But is
"Sarahanne" Anne Hollerbeck’s actual first name? I met her at a SNAG
conference, I never forget a face and I’d like to know if it was her.

David L. Huffman


My deepest condolences to you, your staff, and her family and
friends. What a senseless tragedy.

Karen Goeller
No Limitations Designs
Hand-made, one-of-a-kind jewelry

For those of you who took the time to write a personal note, thank
you so much. I appreciate your words of compassion during this
difficult time of Sarah Anne’s untimely death. Although I cannot
attend the funeral due to my travel to Atlanta, we have been
discussing sponsoring a Scholarship workshop in her memory at
Metalwerx. Her family is quite pleased that something long lasting is
coming from her tragic death. Not only Metalwerx, but other schools
where she either taught or took classes are chiming in and want to do
something as well, and I am happy to make that happen.

I’m glad to have been there for her family and friends. I am
especially grateful for this forum of caring and good people. This is
a reminder that our extended family is just that and when somebody
passes, whether we know them or not, we all feel the pain of loss.

Thank you family. You have been wonderful.


School for Jewelry and the Metalarts
50 Guinan St.
Waltham, MA 02451
781 891 3854


Thank you for posting about this. I recalled Sarah’s involvement
with MassArt. She was a T.A. for the sculpture department and
member/founder of the Mass Art Iron Guild. She was a sweet honest
person as well as a talented artist. I am saddened by the news and
she will be missed.

Thanks again for posting.
Lauren Beaudoin