The rock escarpments and old stone walls that I see on my daily walks, give me a vocabulary with which to work. Inspiration can come from the stones of the rock walls that I am rebuilding around my home, or perhaps from an ancient stone window found high up on a medieval stone tower, the jagged fractures of Yosemite’s cliff faces, the rugged Maine coast and especially Ireland’s craggy sculptural limestone walls.
The creation of art begins for me as a journey into a intuitive and playful part of myself. My sketches are loose, fluid and fast, using drafting and colored pencils. Later, I return to these drawings, looking for interesting compositions and beautiful lines. My work is often described as painterly and I like to think of my jewelry as wearable works of art that are 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 the American Craft Council’s flagship show in Baltimore Maryland from 1986-2020 and also at the Smithsonian Institution Craft Show, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft show , The Boston Society of Arts and Crafts shows and many others.
Place as Landscape/Place as Concept: contemporary Enameling in the US. Richmond Art center, Richmond CA, USA, South Korea
Feature Article in Belle Armoire Magazine