Chris Ploof's passion for art stems from his childhood memories at a living history museum watching the blacksmiths create their craft. This fascination prompted the artist to study different art forms such as welding and lamp working before finding his niche in jewelry.
The multifaceted artist utilizes unusual materials and challenging techniques in his work. His pieces exhibit a sense of history with his use of recycled gold, Gibeon Meteorite, and Damascus steel. Simultaneously, the artist provides a modern feel with his designs. The organic, textured feel and the beautiful color contrast between the precious metals and the meteorite and Damascus steel are additional features in his work.
The metal in Gibeon Meteorite is estimated to be about 4 billion years old! The Gibeon Meteorite is cut, forged, and fabricated by the artist. It is then combined with a precious metal liner and rails to create a durable, yet comfortable ring. The artist also uses stainless Damascus steel and employs a complicated technique of layering multiple sheets of different steels into a single piece, which is then manipulated to produce intricate patterns.
Each of Chris' bands is handcrafted from beginning to end in his studio in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. His wedding bands are available in a variety of metals including 14k and 18k gold, platinum, stainless Damascus steel, and Gibeon Meteorite. Due to the artist's use of unique metals, techniques, and designs, Chris Ploof's work is a great alternative to traditional wedding bands.
Questions about Chris Ploof? Email or call us at (413) 586-1119.
To see more of the artist's collection, visit www.chrisploof.com