About the Artist
I am a self-taught artist and mother of four, living in beautiful Central Pennsylvania. About 14 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. All of my work is created entirely by hand, and the chains you see in my shop are handwoven from individual rings. I also offer prefabricated chains with some of my pendants, allowing you the flexibility to purchase a handcrafted chain of your choosing.
My discovery of chainmaille led me to another chain-making technique called loop-in-loop, which considerably predates chainmaille. I quickly became fascinated with the intricacies of the work of the Ancients and studied more of their techniques, including granulation and chasing and repoussé. Granulation is the art of fusing small tiny balls of silver or gold onto another piece of metal, using only heat and without the addition of any solder. Chasing and repoussé is a forming and sculpting process done using small tools and a hammer.
Once I began chasing and repoussé, I haven’t looked back, and I have been lucky enough to study with two of the top experts in the world. I love the process of bringing an image within the metal to the surface. This is a laborious technique, with thousands upon thousands of hammer strikes for each image, but each piece is truly a labor of love.
The State College Framing Company and Gallery, beginning in October 2018.
Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College, PA, July 12-15, 2018
Bellefonte Arts and Crafts Fair, Bellefonte, PA, August 10-11, 2018
Bellefonte Art Museum, Jewelry Gallery, Bellefonte, PA, February 2017
The Crafts Alliance Fine Craft Show, Chautauqua, NY, July 8-10, 2017
The Crafts Alliance Fine Craft Show, Chautauqua, NY, August 11-13, 2017
Bellefonte Art Museum, Jewelry Gallery, Bellefonte, PA, November 2017
Lemont Fest, Lemont, PA, July 15-17, 2016
Bellefonte Art Museum, Artist Registry, since 2016
Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), since 2018