Taking Form Jade Studio
About The Artist
Peter Schilling • Somerville, MA
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“I design and hand carve pendants and earrings from fine natural jade. I employ both modern and ancient methods in my work. Sawing and rough grinding are done with diamond tools. Finer diamond tools refine the carving. I then use the “loose grit” method invented by ancient Chinese carvers in which rotating metal, or wood tools cut the jade by means of a muddy slurry of abrasive grit and water. Extensive hand finishing techniques give the carvings a luxurious and intimate feel machines cannot.”
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
I design and carve pendants, earrings, and small sculptures in fine natural jade. The work is done with a combination of 21st century abrasives and Chinese techniques more than 6000 years old. I make, or reshape commercial gemstone beads for the necklaces, paying special attention to achieving a fine glowing satin finish. I pair these pendants and beads with hand braided kumihimo cords my wife makes with plant dyed filament silk threads.