About White Rabbit Designs
Hi, I'm Carol McKay, White Rabbit Designs’ owner/artisan. I have been making jewelry for 15 years after learning how to restring a necklace in need of repair. Looking around the shop, I was smitten by the “gem bug.” My work first involved beading. Wanting to incorporate handmade clasps and findings into my beaded jewelry, I began taking metalsmithing classes—and soon I knew the possibilities were endless. As my own "apprentice," I find there is infinite opportunity to grow in learning this new medium. I enjoy most working with precious metals and precious and semiprecious gems and beads. My goal is to make quality artisan-designed, hand-crafted jewelry with the goal of keeping most pieces in an affordable price range.
In 2012, I began working with a group of fellow metal artisans, some with many years of experience with their art and some, like me, who were relative beginners. In 2013, we began general meetings as Athens Metal Arts Guild under the "umbrella" of the Lyndon House Arts Center, a publicly funded center here in Athens. It has been a rewarding experience, allowing me to share ideas with fellow members and keeping me abreast of what's going on in metal arts. I continue with my original position as secretary of the Guild and love the camaraderie that I have found with this talented group. Athens has an amazing art community—and its community of metal artists is no exception to this.
I continue to produce jewelry for sale at a local women's clothing and accessories store, Southern Comforts, and occasionally at art shows. I have had work exhibited at the Lyndon House Art Center (LHAC) and at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) in Watkinsville, Georgia of which I am a member. I have challenged myself to create works that are worthy of inclusion in juried shows in addition to doing production work. There are so many techniques to learn, that I want to continue to grow in this fascinating medium.
I love seeing my work exhibited. However, it is even more thrilling to see a woman enjoying wearing something that I have created.