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About James Carter

James Carter is well known among his colleagues. With an MFA in Metalsmithing and 30 years in the field, he is a source of unending information and resources. His business experience complements his studio experience and allows his students to be educated in the business of jewelry while learning and advancing their jewelry-making skills.

His work has been described as “an exquisite dream, captured in glass and gold, equally beautiful as functional jewelry or as a piece of art separate from the body." A master goldsmith, skilled designer, and artist, James Carter has traveled the world cultivating inspiration and showing off his one-of-a-kind gold and silver jewelry. His exploration into cloisonné enameling has, over the past 30 years, led him to be featured in several industry publications and exhibitions across the globe.

The level of fine craftsmanship that James Carter produces comes from a lifetime of adventure and experience. He became a globe-trekker in the 1970s, hitchhiking through Europe then joining the Merchant Marines. Traveling throughout the world, James was expose to the primitive body adornment of tribal Africa, the gold antiquities of Egypt, and the splendor of Russian gold work and enamels. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida State University, James attended graduate school at Southern Illinois University, earning a Master of Fine Arts with specialization in metals and enamels. During his understudy to renowned goldsmith William Harper, Carter learned to create art from the soul, rather than from an expectation of how others might define it.

In 2011, James Carter was awarded 1st place in enameling in the prestigious 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.

Currently living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his family, James operates his own school in the nearby town of Carrboro where he teaches hands-on workshops in jewelry making and enameling. In 2010, he produces an instructional 2-disc DVD entitled Metalsmithing Essentials — a Goldsmith's Guie to Jewelry Techniques, and in 2013, he produced a second DVD set entitled Metalsmithing Basics.


About Hazel Wheaton

Hazel Wheaton has spent over 20 years in the field of jewelry publishing. After 10 years as the Managing Editor of Lapidary Journal (now Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist), she moved to Wisconsin in 2005 to become the Editor-in-Chief of Art Jewelry magazine. She has served on the juries of several notable jewelry design competitions, including the NICHE awards and the annual Lewton-Brain Foldforming Competition. She continues to serve the jewelry community today as a freelance writer and editor, working with jewelry supply companies and independent artisans.


About Michael David Sturlin

Michael David Sturlin's career spans four decades as a professional studio jewelry artist, educator, writer, industry consultant, and award-winning goldsmith with recognition from the World Gold Council, the American Jewelry Design Council, and Jewelers of America New Designers Gallery.

Mr. Sturlin is a popular visiting guest artist and workshop and conference presenter sharing his expertise and insight internationally with students at every level from beginner to accomplished professional. He was a faculty member of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts 2005-2017, faculty Bead&Button Show 2007-2016, adjunct faculty Mesa Arts Center 2008-2011, adjunct faculty Metalwerx 2005-2007.

His jewelry has been exhibited in premier galleries across North America, included in more than a dozen national and international jewelry magazines, and featured in the books Masters: GoldCrochet Wire JewelryProfiting by DesignThe Jeweler's Bench BookMetal Artist’s Workbench, and Secret Shop Weapons.

Mr. Sturlin authored the “Metalsmithing 101" column in Art Jewelry magazine 2009-2016 and has published numerous feature articles on applied techniques in goldsmithing, creativity and design, and professional business development for visual artists.

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