A lifelong Memphis native and devoted member of the city’s growing creative community, Lauren Carlson makes graceful, old-world, elegant jewelry with an edge.
Her pieces are inspired by the crafting process itself, as well as a belief in the power of thoughtfully made, long-lasting pieces that can be passed down generations.
Lauren Carlson earned a degree in studio art from the University of Memphis. Around the time of her graduation, Lauren had begun to focus on painting fashion-based pieces. It was only a few years after that she began taking metalworking community classes and began hand making her own jewelry. As she grew as a metalworker and jewelry designer, Lauren drew from her past painting work, incorporating elements of Dutch vanitas painting as well as beloved heirloom jewelry pieces and modern design. These inspirations say as much about her materials and methods as they do her aesthetic approach. Lauren creates each piece to stand the test of time, relying on her eye for studied, timeless design and fine materials so that each piece will pass on and preserve the power of deliberate, handcrafted design.