About the Artist
From her earliest memories, Bridgette L. Rallo has been in love with jewelry – not just any jewelry but handmade art jewelry. Her first encounters with this kind of jewelry came as a child in the 1950’s through her father’s friends. Her dad, a New York City jazz drummer, had many friends in the hip art scene of the fifties, several of whom wore brilliantly conceived, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.
She began her affair in earnest as a high school student, making pieces for herself and her friends until a visiting artist noticed the quality of design and attention to detail Rallo incorporated into her work. In exchange for lessons in painting, she began an offhanded apprenticeship with theItalian artist, Paula Wolfson, which lasted for three years.
During that time, she absorbed the fundamentals of abstract art from one of its celebrated European proponents. Rallo then studied with and worked for East Hampton potter and sculptor Frank Pereira. It was in his studio that Rallo met the next generation of 1960’s jewelry artists, many of whom sold their work through Pereira.
But Rallo was also a writer and, after college and her marriage to painter and architect Harry Rallo, she began a career as a newspaper reporter in Florida which lasted until 1999. Tired of the hectic pace of news writing, she returned to what she loves best: hand crafting jewelry.
Rallo immersed herself in the mechanics of her craft after deciding to start her own business. She studied metalsmithing and Precious Metal Clay (PMC) techniques with prize-winning jewelry artist Susan Lewis of Metalmorphosis Studio in Dania, FL, PMC techniques with Vera Lightstone of Lightstone Studios in Manhattan and various jewelry-making techniques with well known instructors at the Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield, CT, including Robert Dancik and CeCe Wire. She was the advanced PMC columnist for BeadBugle.com, an online jewelry trade magazine, for two years before deciding to spend all of her time creating jewelry and teaching in her studio in the beautiful Litchfield Hills in Connecticut. Rallo is a member of the PMC Guild (Level Two) and of The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).