Frank Gardner Hale
Frank Gardner Hale was born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1876. Hale began his education at the Norwich Art School and the Boston Museum School. Hale moved to England at graduation and studied at the Guild of Handicrafts. He started there by designing book and music covers before his pursuit of the study of jewelry design. In 1906, Hale joined C.R. Ashbee’s Guild of Handicrafts in Chipping Campden in the Cotswold's. Here he learned silversmithing and then enameling. At the completion of his studies he decided to move to London, England and took a job with Fred Partridge. His work with Partridge was short as he decided to move back to Boston and open his own shop in 1907. His shop fostered the talents of many of Boston's talented craftsman such as Edward Everett Oakes. Hale was one of the fathers of the Arts and Crafts Movement here in the United States developing his own designs with European style craftsmanship.