Carla Caruso

March 15, 2011

I had a friend visiting from NYC this weekend and we spent some time in Rhode Island exploring the beautiful neighborhood around Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Benefit and Prospect streets are crowded with beautiful architecture… more on that tomorrow. We found our way into the store at RISD that features alumni and professor made art, product and jewelry. It’s mind blowing how many successful artists have graduated from RISD over the years. I was reminded of someone who’s work I admire had gone to RISD. CARLA CARUSO was born in New York City and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in glass sculpture. After years working in glass, and making jewelry for several prominent New York designers, Carla moved to Western Massachusetts where she now lives. She founded Carla Caruso Jewelry in 2001. Carla has always been an artist. As a child she spent hours recreating the bullfight drawings of Picasso. Their linear quality and use of negative space, along with an enduring love of nature and modern design, is reflected in her jewelry today.

I love that you can see the artists hand in each piece. Not your average “mall jewelry” Carla Caruso Jewelry is handmade in a small studio outside Northampton. Her goal is simplicity: to distill an idea to its essence and create timeless jewelry that wears beautifully. She achieves that and presents an organic aesthetic that is easy to wear and has a simple elegance. Be sure to check out her work on-line and visit RISD works to see her designs or one of these retailers.

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2 Responses to “Carla Caruso”

  1. Carla Caruso Says:

    Thanks for such a nice feature Bill!


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