“Enamel artist integrates a love of stone into serene enamel jewelry and landscape art”
Like many artists, the natural world has always been a great source of inspiration to me. I have always gone to the woods to wander and to wonder at the trees,water, birds and rocks.
Forty years ago, my daily walks often took me by a high waterfall near my studio. Standing at the base of the waterfall, I could see horizontal layers of sedimentary rock interrupted by vertical and diagonal fissures making for endless new compositions on the rock face. Chunks of rock had fallen out of the cliff creating the effect of dark windows into the earth. I was energized to begin making work that captured the strength and serenity of the escarpments and the windows in the rock, and began to work exclusively utilizing the enameling technique of champlevé. Scratched and oxidized silver is intersected by pathways and compartments of transparent enamel glass which is itself made from the limestone sands and elements of eroded mountains.
A lifelong love of the outdoors has ensured that wild places will always inform my work. It is my hope that the strength and beauty of rock, water and light is evident in my small wearable works of art in a way that is both modern and timeless.
Carly Wright has a BPA, (the equivalent of a BFA), from Empire State College, a university without walls program associated with the State University of New York. She also studied the art of enameling at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina where she was a scholarship student from 1980-84. She has exhibited her work at numerous fine craft shows including:
American Craft Council Shows
Smithsonian Institution Craft Show
Philadelphia Museum of Art Fine Craft Show
The Boston Society of Arts and Crafts Shows
The Memorial Art Gallery Fine Craft Show
500 Enamel Objects: Lark Books 2018
Place as Landscape/Place as Concept: Contemporary Enameling in the US. Richmond Art center, Richmond CA, USA 2018
International Invitational Exhibition at the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute 2018 BLAZE 2018: International Enamel Art Exhibition
Featured artist: Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles CA 2018
Metalsmith Magazine: Exhibition in Print: Studio Multiples 1997
Feature Article in Belle Armoire Magazine Autumn 2018
Craft Report Magazine Profile in Success/ Carly Wright:An Expressive Voice by Loretta Fonatine July 2006