Corey’s work is an exploration of jewelry inspired by automotive design, industrial architecture and machinery. Using rusted steel, wood and found objects in contrast with precious metals and gemstones, he makes jewelry that is elegant and wearable, yet reflective of the industrial age.
Many of his inspirations relate directly to his childhood experiences working with his father, a tool designer, and his grandfather, an auto mechanic and woodworker. Watching and working with them taught Corey a great deal about fabrication skills and problem solving, but most importantly, it inspired him to create. The themes in his work are directly connected to those childhood memories and experiences. The incorporation of these industrial elements helps create intricate pieces that in many ways function as wearable sculptures reflecting the industrial era.
Corey has studied with artists such as Robert Ebendorf, Linda Darty, Tim Lazure, Mi-Sook Hur, John Cogswell, and Jamie Bennett, and has been an assistant instructor in workshops taught at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN), and the Penland School of Crafts (Bakersville, NC), and has a Master of Fine Arts from Eastern Carolina University.