Since early childhood Lois Gore’s magnificent obsession with the intricacies and perfection of hand made jewelry has inspired her to follow a lifelong career journey, that has intertwined with fine art sculpture, wearable art, gemology and teaching. Her path has crossed with others whose shining wisdom and generosity has provided Lois with a knowledge and skill that she now gladly shares in her workshops.
For the last seventeen years, after twenty-five years of designing, patternmaking and developing a line of luxury leather accessories, Lois’s focus has shifted to exclusively concentrate on the processes used to bring gold from its pure state into finished hand crafted 22 karat gold jewelry.
Lois’s entry into NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology studio jewelry program led her to the Jewelry Arts Institute also in New York City. Under the tutelage of master goldsmith, Louise Parrish, Lois followed the ancient jewelry making techniques of the Byzantine Empire. Her work continues as a modern interpretation of that ancient art and discipline. Additionally, a Gemological Institute of America Graduate Gemologist certification (GIA GG) has broadened her depth and understanding of fine gemstones.
Lois's studio is located on Long Island, New York’s fabled East End. The location has served as the workplace and home for countless world-renowned artists and crafts people. The thriving art community and the breathtaking natural beauty are a source of connection and inspiration.
What quote might best summarize Lois’s appreciation of her love for goldsmithing? Perhaps the following:
“Gold is of exotic cosmic origin. Astronomers believe gold is formed in rare neutron-star collisions. Hold 22 karat gold in your hand and feel the energy. Making jewelry with this precious metal is like weaving stardust. ”