Christy Klug Jewelry

25 Jun

Jewelry Designer and Metalsmith
Inspired by the stained glass artists in Germany, Christy Klug has created a line of large-scale sculptural metal jewelry. After studying stained glass design at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, Christy created huge, wall-sized stained glass pieces, but having kids changed all that.

handcrafted jewelry
Christy Klug navel Choker
18k Gold and oxidized Sterling Silver choker.
Dotted with five flush-set diamonds that range from 1.3mm to 2.0mm.

Jewelry design afforded her the opportunity to work on a smaller scale, and creating wearable art personalized the artistic process for her in a way that stained glass had not. She found that she could achieve the dramatic aesthetic effect of the lead lines by hand cutting them into the metal, leaving negative space where the glass would have been.

sterling silver pendant
Christy Klug Sterling Silver Box Set Pendant
Pendant has contrasting oxidized Sterling Silver interior.
Comes on a sleek cable.

In 1997, Christy Klug moved to her current location of Austin, Texas, where she took a class and fell in love with metalsmithing. Her line of large-scale, sculptural metal jewelry is cut by hand using a jeweler's saw. Christy strives to create jewelry that has a sense of balance, simplicity, and elegance. Each piece is crafted by hand, so her touch becomes part of the work.

gold ring
Christy Klug Blake Ring
Oxidized sterling silver ring with 22k Gold overlay.

Artist Statement

In metal, I have found a medium that I can sculpt, mark, and mold into beautifully organic and dramatic forms. I draw inspiration my background in drawing, etching, glasswork, and painting to create wearable art that is both sensual and theatrical.

I was drawn to the stained glass artists in post-World War II Germany, who revolutionized the medium by elevating the structural function of the lead lines into an artistic element. I'm inspired by the shapes and lines I find in the art of Jean Arp, Gerhard Richter, Egon Schiele, Johannes Schreiter, Frank Gehry, and Ludwig Schaffrath.

Growing up in Germany, England, Canada, and the United States exposed me to a rich variety of cultures, art, and architecture. As the perpetual new kid in class, I let go of trying to fit in and instead developed my own style. My jewelry reflects that same spirit of individuality.

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