After months of work, I’m finally ready to launch my jewelry line, SALT newport. Here is the bio/artist’s statement that will (one day) be part of my website. For now, you can contact SALTnewport@gmail.com with retail and wholesale inquiries, and check back here for news of my ETSY store opening.
Handmade in Newport, RI with dye-free leather cord, cultured fresh water pearls and local shell material.
After graduating from Brown in 2010 with a B.A. in visual art, Newport native Caroline Goddard wanted to create an affordable line of jewelry that would merge the luxury of one of a kind, handmade pieces with the sustainability of local production and responsible material sourcing. This design initiative was born out of her disenchantment with the jewelry that was available on the island, most of which bore little relevance to her town. As a traveler herself, hunting for jewelry made by local artisans is one of her favorite ways to connect to a place, and she hopes that SALT jewelry will appeal to those looking for a well-designed memento that is truly a reflection of the town of Newport.
Each handcrafted piece is carefully considered and celebrates the beauty in nature’s imperfections. SALT only uses shells that have been preyed upon (the perfectly round holes are the result of an enzymatic predatory attack by the northern moon snail, Lunatia heros) or partially crushed, and these holes lend themselves to using the shells like beads without any need to drill. Because of their compromised structures, these shells cannot be used by other invertebrates as habitat and would soon be reduced to sand if they weren’t picked up. Every piece is completely unique and brings attention to the often-overlooked colors, patterns and structures of abandoned shells as they are tumbled and altered by salt, sand, UV rays, and ocean currents.