Carli Porter


carli porter Carli Porter moved to Monmouthshire some years ago. After living in a variety of locations she had a strong urge to move back to Wales when she and her husband wed. They searched Wales for somewhere to settle and very happily chose Grosmont to be their home. The historic village, close to bustling market towns, friendly people and inspiring surroundings were just the ticket! She says, "It is these surroundings and my Welsh heritage that provide me with the inspiration for my work - Bone Carving." Some might say that bone carving is an unusual craft for a young lady to be doing in Wales, but Carli explains the journey of how she arrived at such a skill.

"After graduating from University College Falmouth with a degree in Contemporary Craft specialising in glass, I was offered a job in a glass blowing studio in New Zealand for a year. It was here that my interest in bone carving was first sparked. I instantly fell in love with the intricate, beautiful jewellery made from bone and wanted to have a go myself. I did, and have not put down my tools since. Through dedicated time and hard work at the bench I have developed a range of jewellery carved from bone. I particularly enjoy doing commissions as it is a treat to turn a customers idea into a unique, tangible object."

It is clear that Carli’s Welsh heritage is inspirational for her work as she explores Celtic designs and love spoons. But why bone? What is so special about this material?

"I find it immensely satisfying to create something beautiful from an organic bi-product. Bone has great creative and tactile potential, it is soft and warm to the touch. When worn against the skin, over time bone picks up your natural oils; self polishing, changing its colour to light honey gold."

Carli explains that "bone has been used for centuries to make knife handles, crochet hooks and even babies teething chews in the Victorian times. However since the invention of plastic, this natural material has declined in its popularity for making such items. I want to breath life into this ancient craft here in Wales and hopefully inspire others to use this fantastic material that sadly goes to waste."

Carli works on commissions from her studio at home whilst bringing up a young family.

Bone carvings can last centuries. Carli carves each one with respect and care to create a treasure that she hopes someone will want to pass down over generations to come.


If you require further information on any of Carli's work please do not hesitate to contact her by email on:

Several examples of carvings from bone.