Recycled Glass Jewelry is a small studio in Melrose MA created by Carolina Portillo. We design one of a kind jewelry and love working primarily with float glass (window glass), leather and other “found” materials. We appreciate the opportunity to create something new, meaningful and artistic out of recycled materials that might otherwise go unused. This is a cornerstone of our eco-friendly approach, aiming to create art that is both pleasing to the eye and unique at the same that it also treats the environment with respect.
Carolina graduated from college with a degree in Tourism, focusing her class time on sustained development and the impact of tourism on native arts and crafts. Arts and crafts have always been a passion of hers. She enjoys working with them for the pleasure they bring to her and others, and she also believes in the cultural, social and economic influence they have in the community. She has a background working with pottery, glass fusing, beading, origami, paper crafts and flower arrangements.For the past decade she has focused on glass and taking glass fusing classes at the glass studios of the teacher artists that specialize in working on float glass.
Recycled Glass Jewelry has participated in several local markets as well as out of state events. Some of the shows we have been part of include the Art in the Park exhibition in Charlestown, Art on the Green at the Dallin Museum in Arlington, and Manchester by the Sea Art festival. She has also participated at the Boston Ahts Festival and Downtown Crossing market and Greenway Open Market in Boston. Among her achievements she was awarded "Top Ten Crafter" recognition at the Yankee Homecoming Festival in Newburyport and "Best of Crafts" in Art on the Pews in Cambridge.