Koren LeClair Jewelry
Modern, Graphic, Wearable Art
Hand Crafted in Austin, Texas
Bio

While studying Graphic Design in college, I took my first jewelry and metalsmithing class as an elective. The tools, the process, the studio… it all resonated with me as a way to combine my interests in art, design, and craft.
Since that class I’ve seen several years, a few different careers, some questionable hairstyles, and called 5 different states “home.” No matter my location or job, I always found my way back to studying jewelry making, my other “home.”
I’ve put roots down in Austin, Texas. Here I create unique pieces that are reminiscent of my journey, with elements of graphic design, craft, and modern art. It is my hope that a piece of my jewelry will see a wearer through all kinds of adventures, including hairstyles.
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Artist's Statement
 
A former graphic designer, my jewelry strives to combine my love of modern design with the ancient techniques of metalsmithing. 
 
As a designer I am drawn towards simple patterns, bold colors, clean lines, and organic shapes. Since childhood, I’ve been interested in anything I can hand craft. Stepping away from the computer and into the jewelry studio allowed me to explore the design elements I love while using my hands to create the finished product. Constantly exploring, my jewelry often incorporates materials other than metal and stones, such as enamel, resin, wood, and felt.  Favorite techniques include box construction and inlay. 
 
With each piece, I hope to provide the wearer with a unique, portable piece of art. Not everyone spends hours at a gallery art museum, so it is my goal to make wearable reminders of art, craft, design, inspiration, and exploration: Things that, in my opinion, we could all use more of. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Education
 
BFA, Graphic Design, UMass Dartmouth, 2000
BFA, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Northern Arizona University, 2009.
 
 
Art Exhibitions
 
Livin' the Dream, Thai Fresh, Austin TX
June 1--August 28th, 2015
 
The View from Here, Studio2Gallery, Austin, TX
February 27--March 27th, 2010
 
Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, Beasley Gallery, Flagstaff, Arizona
December 4--10, 2009
 
It’s Elemental, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, Arizona
November 21--December 19, 2009
 
10,000 Hours, Nuit Blanche, The Metal Arts Guild of Canada, Toronto, Ontario
October 3, 2009
 
Reclaim, Reuse, Renew, Atrium Gallery, Muncie, Indiana
August 25--September 26, 2009
 
Earrings Galore, Heidi Lowe Gallery, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
June 13--November 13, 2009
 
Northern Arizona University Student Shows, Beasley Gallery, Flagstaff, AZ
October 1-31, 2008
March 2-31, 2009