Carter was born and raised in rural northwestern Connecticut. Her childhood was spent mostly outside collecting quartz, shist, garnets and arrowheads. There was something about the searching, the digging, excavating, collecting and displaying these treasures from the earth that drew her into the world of jewelry and objects.
She went to high school in Vermont and it was there that she took her first jewelry class. She moved to New York City at the age of 19 to attend Parsons School of Design while also studying fine jewelry with a well-known jeweler in Brooklyn. She then moved to Savannah, Georgia to pursue her BFA in Jewelry + Objects.
After graduating from SCAD in 2013 Carter created her own company and has been professionally making fine jewelry ever since. She studied Jewelry + Metalsmithing in the Graduate department at Rhode Island School of Design, where she also taught Introduction to Jewelry. It was there that she realized how in love with the process she was. By using ancient jewelry making techniques, and teaching those techniques, she feels a connection to the long lineage of jewelers throughout history.
Carter’s current work is inspired by the mystical, the ethereal and fairytale. She draws inspiration from her environment, her travels, her imagination and things she sees when her eyes are closed.