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James Carter is an internationally recognized Metalsmith and Instructor. Students from his classes have gone on to start their own careers in Jewelry design and metalsmithing.

“Jimmy” was raised in the Florida panhandle. As a young adult, he tried his hand at many professions, including carpentry, industrial pipe fitting, and a five-year stint in the U.S. Merchant Marine. His work always has reflected his blue-collar upbringing and working-class ethic.

Intrigued by the metalwork and jewelry he had seen in museums worldwide and knowing he was destined to work with his hands, James embarked on his lifelong journey, receiving a formal art education and a couple of art degrees.Me

His love for metalsmithing and his passion for teaching has shaped his life. After teaching at many art schools for several years, he decided it was time to open his own school, dedicated to continuing time-honored metalsmithing and jewelry skills.

Twenty years later, the school and James still navigate this sea of creativity, always looking for new challenges and skills to pass on to others.

James Carter- Awards & Recognitions

James Carter was awarded 1st place in enameling in the prestigious 2011 Saul Bell Design Award Competition, an international jewelry competition sponsored by Rio Grande jewelry supply.

James is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Florida State Council of the Arts and several Awards of Excellence from the Trustees of the American Craft Council.

His work has been shown at many galleries across North America, including the Helen Drutt Gallery in Philadelphia, the Nancy Yaw Gallery in Detroit, and Cellini in New York City.

He has shown his work in several group shows and one-person shows including SOFA Chicago, the Biennale of Enamel in Limoges, France, and the Downey Museum of Art in Los Angeles