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Laura Teague Jewelry

Glass / Baton Rouge, LA / Master Craftsman

Artist Statement

The paradox that beautiful jewelry that is easy to wear can evolve from wire, sheets of metal and sticks made of glass is almost unbelievable to me. It all happens through experimentation, imagination and determination in order to shape the metal and glass into a form that is right for each piece.

I am inspired by art, nature and by the ancient patterns used to produce protective clothing in another time and place. The patterns used in clothing were strong by necessity but, at the same time, incredibly beautiful and fluid, moving with the body – qualities that are shared by the classic jewelry that I design and make. It is those qualities, which provide a connection to long ago times and ancient works of art.

I work in sterling silver, copper, brass and glass using traditional coiling and refining techniques, hand tools and a torch for shaping the glass. Many of my pieces are made from hundreds or thousands of small metal rings, which I make in my studio. The rings are then interconnected by hand, one by one, into the desired pattern. Every component of each piece is made entirely by hand - the rings, the clasp and any decorative elements.

Biography

Laura Teague is a Baton Rouge-based jewelry artist who works with sterling silver and copper as well as beads made from those metals in addition to gemstones and her own handmade glass beads. All of the rings and other wire components used in the jewelry are handmade by Laura. The wire is twisted, coiled and woven by hand into substantial, functional and sometimes elaborate pieces.

The first Saturday of each month, Laura and her jewelry can usually be found at the Baton Rouge Arts Market. She also participates in juried local festivals such as the Baton Rouge FestForAll as well as the Festival Acadiens et Creoles and the Festival International in Lafayette. Laura is a juried member of the Louisiana Crafts Guild and the Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild and her wire jewelry has been published in The Wire Artist.

In addition to the LSU Museum Store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Laura Teague Jewelry can be found at the Sans Souci Fine Arts Gallery in Lafayette, Sabai Jewelry in Baton Rouge, and at Baton Rouge Arts & Crafts Gallery in Baton Rouge. Her jewelry is also available through her website, www.laurateague.com