Hammond was born in Elizabeth, N.J. and grew up in Melrose, MA., She began her venture into the art world as a young student, when she was awarded a scholarship to drawing classes at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The classroom featured large plaster reproductions of Roman sculptures of gods and goddesses. The sculptures made a deep impression on the young artist and, in her 20s, led her to try to resolve these images by starting with pottery and ceramics. The later techniques with clay included sculptures with faces in the folds of clay and later she made similar images and sculptures with a resin wax, which was cast in bronze.
Hammond later returned to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts where she graduated with a four-year diploma and a fifth year Graduate certificate. After a traveling scholarship from the museum took her to Japan, Ms. Hammond later received a B.S. in Education from Tufts University. in 1964.
Eventually Ms. Hammond married Dr Aldo Perotto, an Argentinean moved to New York City, Westchester and then on to East Hampton in 1985, where she currently has a studio and sculpture garden, she also has an apartment in Buenos Aires where she lives and works the first 3 -4 months of each year.