Carolyn Tillie is a freelance writer, exhibiting artist, and curator. Having obtained an MFA in jewelry and metalsmithing from CSULB in 1998, she immediately worked in obtaining a Certified Master Chef certificate from Epicurean school in Los Angeles and Level Two certification from the Wine Spirit Education Trust. She has written for a number of wine industry magazines, the Napa Register, and Metalsmith magazine.  As a culinary historian, her first book was Oysters, A Global History. Her food-themed jewelry has been sold in dozens of galleries all over the world. She is now curating art exhibits to accompany the release of her second book, A Feast for the Eyes – Edible Art from Apple to Zucchini in June of 2019.

Over the past twenty years, as a true Renaissance woman, Carolyn has had her fingers in lots of different pies. She has taught herself numerous topics through blogging different subjects. Feel free to investigate those various investigations:

Curriculum Vitae


  • A Feast for the Eyes – Food Art from Apple to Zucchini, Reaktion Press, (due for release: June, 2019)

  • Oysters, A Global History, Reaktion Press, 2017

  • Metalsmith Magazine, “Good Enough to Eat: Explorations in Food Jewelry” – Volume 38, No. 4, 2018.

  • Metalsmith Magazine, “Suzanne Pugh: Post Pastoralia” – exhibition review, 2017

  • Metal Arts Guild History, “History of Metal Arts Guild,” 2013

  • Wines & Vines, “Track Sales & Depletions with Winery-Specific Software”, 2009

  • Enterprising Women, The Magazine for Women Business Owners– cover story, “Women Make Wine,” 2008

  • Hugh Johnsons’ World of Fine Wines magazine – multiple articles, 2007

  • Wine Business Monthly – multiple articles, 2006

  • Napa Register – multiple articles, 2004-2006

  • Gault Millau and Gayot.com – restaurant reviews, 2004-2006


  • Reflections of the New Aeon – Gallery Eleven Seven, Long Beach, California. 2001

  • Feast Your Eyes – Root Division, San Francisco, California. April 3 to April 19, 2019

  • Arm Candy – ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, California. June 25 to July 16, 2019











  • Paper or Plastic, Luke & Eloy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Urban Renaissance – New Vision of Jewelry and Sculpture, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, California

  • Schwa ’09, Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, Greenville, North Carolina, Katt & Matt Myers, Jurors

  • Art Undressed, San Francisco, California. Erotic Signature, Curators

  • CONTROL, South Bay Area and Peninsula Women’s Caucus for Art, San Francisco, California. Guerilla Girls West, Jurors.

  • Reclaim, Reuse, RenewAtrium Gallery at Ball State University, Muncie Indiana

  • LUX Center for the Arts National Juried Exhibition, Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University

  • RE: materialization, Deborah Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, California, Shana Nys Dambrot and Deborah Martin, Jurors

  • 2009 National Juried Exhibitions, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, California. Lisah Horner, Juror

  • 2009 National Art Encounter, Naples, Florida. Dahlia Morgan, Juror – Juror’s Choice Award

  • National Truffle Art Fest, Asheville, North Carolina.

  • Wearable Art Awards, Port Moody Arts Center; Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada.

  • Delicious: Work Inspired by Food & Drink, STUDIO: Gallery; San Francisco, CA

  • Valentine’s Day Celebration of Chocolate & Champagne, Sculpture to Wear; Los Angeles, California.


  • Radical Jewelry Makeover – A project by Ethical Metalsmiths, Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco, California


  • Pop Art – Champagne Uncorked, Shaw Jewelry; Northeast Harbor, Maine. Curator: Sam Shaw



  • Writing for the Art World; Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 2016

  • Wine and Spirits Education Trust; Napa, California, 2002

  • Certified Master Chef, Epicurean School; Los Angeles, California, 1999

  • Master of Fine Arts, CSULB; Long Beach, California, 1998

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree: 3-D Media Metal, Textiles, and Wood, CSUN; Northridge, California, 1993