"I create jewelry inspired by ancient strata of exposed rock as seen in the gorges that I love and live by."
Jewelry designer Carly Wright has worked with stone, both as inspiration for her organic, contemporary jewelry, and also as a stone mason. The ancient layers and crevasses of sedimentary rock provide endless inspiration and impart serenity to her work, as does the laying of stone upon stone to form an architecture in the landscape.
Wright uses the enameling technique of champleve
, firing fine granules of glass into recessed areas that are created with layers of sterling silver. Each piece is fired from 3 to 30 times in a kiln and ground smooth. The sterling silver is oxidized and steel brushed. Her enamel surfaces are etched to a soft matte finish.
She received a B.F.A. degree from Empire State College and continued with additional studies focused on the art of enameling at the Penland School of Crafts.
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
American Craft Council Show, MD, Baltimore, 1987-2010
Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington DC, National Building Museum, 2000
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia PA, Philadelphia Convention Center, 1990,94
Craft at the Castle, Boston MA, Park Plaza Castle, 1998-2005
CraftBoston, Boston MA, World Trade Center, 2003-2010