James Carter

After 30 years of making jewelry and metal objects, I have moved beyond the question of art verses craft. The work is craft. It is decorative. It is deeply personal and embodies my personality in every piece made. It is art.

Art jewelry, unlike other decorative arts like ceramics or fiber, is tied to the body. It has also had to find its own way in the world of fashion. I accept the ties to the body, but I have never been influenced by the twists and turns of the fashion industry.

My work stands on its own. Influenced by the mystery of ancient civilizations and timeless techniques, I have become very comfortable in my own skin.