Carrie's love of making has taken her across many media and disciplines including painting, sculpture, jewelry, and furniture. Her pieces are inspired by natural forms, traditional Japanese aesthetic, Shaker design, African cultural objects and indigenous jewelry. She studied painting, metal smithing/jewelry making and woodworking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received a BS in Fine Art. During her undergraduate work, she lived in Florence, Italy for a year studying painting and art history. She has also participated in several domestic and international workshops and residencies including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, and attended Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronksy's invitational workshops in Italy and South Africa. She received her MFA at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and now teaches at MiraCosta College in Oceanside and California State University San Marcos.