Carol Freytag has been interested in art since childhood. While completing her BA in art at Eastern Kentucky University, she took a class in jewelry and metal smithing and was hooked. After completing her degree, she worked in the retail jewelry industry for about 12 years, improving her skills. During this period she also took courses in jewelry repair work and enameling.
Freytag is currently fabricating jewelry out of fine silver precious metal clay (PMC). Fine silver PMC is silver mixed with a binder and water to make it pliable. The silver is hand formed and textured. When completely dry, pieces are fired in a kiln at 1650°. Inside the kiln the binder and water evaporate, leaving a pure fine silver finished piece. Enameling is then added by fusing layers of colored glass to the silver.
The resulting pieces may then be embellished with freshwater pearls and natural gemstones.
Freytag’s work can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.