Carol Korte in the Jewelry Gallery
Artist Statement: I am a self-taught artist and mother of four who lives in beautiful Central Pennsylvania. About 12 years ago, I discovered the art of chainmaille and I was immediately hooked. I opened Korte Jewelry Designs mid-2014, and have been slowly working to grow my business and expand my techniques.
I especially love the intricate work of chain-making which creates tactile, beautiful chains, using centuries-old techniques. The art of chainmaille has been around since the Medieval Ages and was originally used to make flexible armor for the knights. Coils of wire are cut with a jeweler’s saw to form individual rings, which are then woven together to create a chain or mesh. My chainmaille work is different than that of many other chainmaille artists by the incorporation of both silver and gold and also the use of very small rings, resulting in very delicate and intricate chains.
Another ancient chain-making technique I use is called Loop-in-Loop, a technique which dates back to nearly 3000 B.C. This differs from chainmaille in that each ring, made from fine silver wire, is first fused into a closed circle, shaped, and then woven into the chain. This is a
time-intensive process that results in stunning chains. During the process of creating these chains, I feel as if I am touching a piece of history.
In addition to my chains, I work to create a variety of earrings and other jewelry. I love to work on custom orders, and have enjoyed making custom jewelry for children, mother/daughter sets and friendship jewelry. I make nearly all of my own components, including clasps and earwires, and I am constantly implementing new techniques I learn to evolve my work.
Jewelry Gallery - 2nd FloorFridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment