CARLA CARUSO was born in New York City. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987 with a BFA in glass sculpture, Carla moved to the hilltowns of western Massachusetts where she lived in a hippie-esque community, sometimes in a teepee. Over the years she worked with several glass artists in the community, including collaboration on a line of glass jewelry.
Jonesing for the bright lights, Carla moved back to New York City and spent a few years slinging drinks and waiting tables in the early days of Williamsburg's hipster migration. The call of small town living (not to mention the Y2K craze) led Carla, her partner Tim, and their dog Baklava back to western Massachusetts. Deciding between pastry chef and jeweler, Carla found her creative outlet in the latter. Totally self-taught, she founded Carla Caruso Jewelry in 2001 (she still loves to bake).
For ten years Carla made jewelry in a converted garage behind the house they rented outside Northampton. Then, after 16 years together, Carla and Tim tied the knot and bought a house in Ashfield, marking the return to her early hilltown days. Now she works in a studio above her garage, accompanied by her faithful pooch Lola, making each and every piece by hand.
Christina Ricci, Jodie Foster, Christy Turlington and even Mary Tyler Moore are wearing Carla's jewelry. It's been spotted on Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife and Catherine Zeta Jones in No Reservations.
Her collection has evolved over the years but the essence remains the same: handmade jewelry that wears beautifully.