Owner and Lead Designer of Corneau Goldsmithing Jewelry Gallery
Influenced By His Study Of Interior And Architectural Design At Rochester Institute Of Technology Where He Earned A BFA, Michael’s Career In Jewelry Design Began After A Fortuitous Accident. Suffering A Severe Eye Injury, He Abandoned His Drawing Table For A Jeweler’s Bench And Began Studying The Craft Of Goldsmithing. As An Apprentice Under Several Masters, He Learned The Art Of Hand-Fabrication. “I Knew In Order To Build The Pieces I Visualized I Needed To Learn Proper Technique.” Much Like The Ancient Artisans Who Only Crafted By Hand, Michael Designs And Builds Each Piece By Hand, Using Basic Stock Metal As Opposed To Purchasing Pre-Fabricated Parts.
Britt Anderson Works Without Assistance Creating Each Piece By Hand One At A Time. A Master Trained Goldsmith And Apprentice To The Revered Werner Theobald, Britt Employs A Technique Known As Anticlastic Raising Or The Art Of Metal Manipulation. Employing Hand Tools And 100 Year Old Foot Presses, He Raises Hollow Sculptural Forms From Flat Gold Sheet. Britt’s Work Pushes The Elastic Limits Of The Metal And Represents A Formidable Challenge For Any Goldsmith. Many Of The Specialized Tools In Britt’s Arsenal Are Not Common Place Which He Had To Create Himself.
Laurie has been designing and hand fabricating fine jewelry for over 35 years. Her jewelry is created from high carat gold and precious colored gemstones. She specializes in unique one of a kind pieces and a limited edition line as well. Her jewelry is all hand made and finished to enhance the beauty of the gold and gemstones. Different colors and textures of gold compliment the gems and the piece. Each piece is ergonomically designed, durably constructed, exquisitely finished, and made to be enjoyed and worn for a lifetime.
The artist Christopher Solbert has been creating jewelry since 1980 and has developed a distinctive style. Using his expertise in welding different alloys, certified commercial welder Solbert creates monumental metal sculptures, smaller interior sculptures and custom jewelry fashioned from silver, copper, bronze and brass. Solbert finds the challenge of moving from large to small scale works enables him to develop a graceful rhythm apparent in all of his works. He crafts precious metals for his jewelry and steel is the chosen material for his sculpture. The inspiration for his work is drawn from the ocean floor and the choreography of dances from all around the world. His jewelry is elegant and striking as the pavé diamonds,14k gold, and sterling silver play into his designs.
The work of Charlestonian, Kelley Andrews, is a collection of modern, one-of-a-kind hand fabricated jewelry that encompasses her passion for the Lowcountry. Inspired by the brilliant color of landscapes and the flowing lines of the ocean and marshes, she pushes the boundaries of jewelry design using a variety of gemstones and metals.