James Carter started his Metalsmithing and Jewelry career in 1975. For eight years, he honed his skills and business acumen on the outdoor craft show circuit.

Deciding to get more serious in his artistic direction, he enrolled at Florida State University, receiving his Bachelor Of Fine Arts degree under renown artist and enamellist, William Harper. After receiving his Master Of Fine Art from Southern Illinois University in 1987, he took a teaching position at the University of West Florida. After five years, he left academia to pursue his own direction and support himself in his work.

For the next fifteen years, he pursued his artistic direction, showing his work in galleries, museum shows, and exclusive craft shows. Along the way, his work was published in several periodicals, as well as receiving many prestigious awards. Among them the Saul Bell Award, Florida Arts Council Grant, and most recently, an award of excellence at the Smithsonian Craft Show.

During this productive time he continued his love of teaching at several schools; Among them the Alan Revere Masters Symposium, Mendocino Art Center, Arrowmont School, and many others.

In 2005, he opened the James Carter Studio and School of Jewelry Design in Northwest Florida. Seeking a change, he moved his school and family to his present location in Chapel Hill, NC, where he continues to teach in-person classes as well as online tutorials.

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.