'I craft each bead I use for my jewelry by hand and string the beads into necklaces and bracelets.'
"I was born into a family of artists and was trained by my father to make jewelry using natural materials such as bone and horn. My name is Collins Amanatey Korle and I'm from Ada Foa the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. I have been making jewelry since 1994.
"My formal education was in electronics however, I had more interest in the arts so right out of school I joined the family workshop and worked with my father for eight years. I have a natural talent for the craft and as I spent more time with my dad in his studio my interest increased. I was intrigued by creating something out of nothing. I also wanted to pursue and build on what my father had started.
"Learning the craft to master it required patience and being attentive to details. Over the years I have acquired an eye for art and accuracy. My favorite thing about my craft is creating something new and I draw inspiration from nature and my surroundings. I use natural materials like bone and horn sourced locally from domestically bred animals.
"I set up my own workshop when I got married and had to relocate. Initial challenge faced in setting up on my own was acquiring a shop, tools and machinery. I had to take a loan from family and worked my way to pay it up. Although I now work independently, I still visit my Dad’s shop to share ideas on the trade and new techniques.
"I currently have a staff of two and have trained over six people who have moved on to establish their own workshops.
"I craft each bead I use for my jewelry by hand and string the beads into necklaces and bracelets. I sell at local fairs and through other artisans. I also supply other artisans with the beads I produce as raw materials for use in the different items they produce.
"I am often described as a loving, responsible and fun person to be with. I am married with two kids and I like to hang out with my family watching movies. Aside art and jewelry, I am passionate about soccer and I played for a local team a few years back. Although I hung my soccer boots many years ago, I still passionately follow the team and other local teams like Hearts of Oak, and internationally I support Barcelona Football Club.
"My hope for the future is to teach more people so that my skill can be passed on for generations. I currently teach three people. I also plan to learn more techniques and develop more skills to improve my craft."
"Nuada is our most gifted carver here in Bali and helped us develop this design," Warren and Robbin say. They give his name to a trio of bangles with sublime artistry. They are crafted by hand of natural horn and embellished with silver.
Crafted by hand, three bangle bracelets come to life in water buffalo horn. Warren and Robbin explore minimalist art with this imaginative design. Because each is created from natural horn, shape and size can vary.
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