Carly Wright - Hand-fabricated, enamel with a matte finish is inlaid and fired to create richly colored "windows" in the oxidized sterling silver frame.
3/8" by 3/8"
Carly Wright Post Earrings
Carly Wright - "The rock escarpments and old stone walls that I see on my daily walks, give me a vocabulary with which to work. I often stop to sketch, take a photo, or pick up an interesting stone. These small objects sit on my drawing table for weeks, sometimes years. When I sit down to design new pieces I look to them for inspiration. My travels to Ireland, Italy, France and England have also been a source of inspiration. I particularly love the old stone windows and doorways found in ancient ruins.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 ideas, looking for interesting compositions and beautiful lines in the stones. I don’t consider myself to be a jewelry designer in the usual sense in that I don’t work with gems, elements and settings. Rather I work as a 2-D artist; my work is often described as painterly. I like to think of my works as small pieces of art to wear."
- The technique used by Carly Wright is Champlévé, (this is a French term meaning “raised fields”). Enameled objects date back to the early part of the first millennium and were found throughout the ancient world. In the champlevé technique, recessed areas are created for the enamel, either by construction, casting, etching, or engraving. The transparent enamels she works with are imported from Austria, Japan and France. These vitreous enamels are specifically designed to tolerate the rapid changes in temperature that occur when a piece is fired, going from room temperature to 1600 degrees in a matter of seconds. The enamels fuse to the metal in a similar way that a glaze fused to a pot.