Jennifer Steigerwalt and Carol Korte in the Jewelry Gallery
Carol Korte Artist Statement: "Incorporating ancient techniques with unique, contemporary design, I create jewelry for individuals seeking understated elegance and timeless fashion.
I especially love the intricate work of chain-making. Chainmaille, best known from the Medieval Ages for making armor, is a technique where wire is formed into a coil, cut into rings, then individually woven. Loop-in-Loop, dating to nearly 3000 BC, differs from chainmaille in that each ring is first fused into a closed circle, shaped, and then incorporated into a chain.
Additionally, I have begun to incorporate a technique called chasing and repoussé. This is another ancient technique, dating back nearly 5000 years, and it literally means to push metal, both from the front of the piece and the back of the piece. This same technique can be used on a much larger scale, the Statue of Liberty being a wonderful example.
As I utilize these techniques, I feel as if I am touching a piece of history. My work is a combination of sterling silver, fine silver, 14K gold-filled and 22K gold, and all of the links, clasps, earwires and other components are handmade."
Jennifer Steigerwalt Artist Statement: "In my jewelry, I strive for simplicity, flow and elegance in design with subtle details that move the light, highlight a particular color and refine the piece. I most often use natural elements including metal, stone, and found objects. My goal for my jewelry is to reflect or enhance the wearer’s mood whether they are feeling fun or serious, dressy or casual, sophisticated or uncouth, confident or hesitant. I love creating pieces that people love to wear!
This show at the Bellefonte Art Museum is my first adventure into gallery display and I am very honored to be selected to share my creations here. I need to thank my sweet family; my art mentors, Wes and Christine Glebe; and all of my friends who have encouraged me on this journey.
In addition to making jewelry and working on other craft projects, I am a mom to Isaac (age 15), Henry (age 5) and Luke (age 3) … they delight me in their individuality and they keep me on my toes! Also, I work with a supportive and creative community at Shaver’s Creek and through the BiSci3 Environmental Science Class at PSU. I love to spend time investigating the world, creating connections with others and exploring all sorts of creative endeavors."Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 4:30 pm OR By Appointment