April 29, 2015
Spectrum Fine Jewelry is proud to represent the artistry of Master Jeweler, James Carter, a nationally renowned and award-winning designer and craftsman. Wilmington collectors will have an opportunity to meet this talented craftsman during an artist’s reception at the store on Thursday, May 7th from 6-8pm followed by a trunk show Friday and Saturday, May 8 & 9th.
In addition to his jewelry skills, James is an amazing storyteller filled with anecdotes from his decades of personal escapades. This is a delightful opportunity to meet and speak with the artist while viewing his newest creations. The level of fine craftsmanship that James Carter produces comes from a lifetime of adventure and experience. He became a globe-trekker in the 70’s, hitchhiking through Europe then joining the Merchant Marines. Traveling throughout the world, James was exposed to the body adornment of tribal Africa, the gold antiquities of Egypt and the splendor of Russian gold work and enamels. After receiving a BFA from Florida State University he went on to earn an MFA from Southern Illinois University, with a specialization in metals and enamels.
The May trunk show at Spectrum marks the debut of two of his newest collections. The first is the North Carolina Lighthouse Series. These specific lighthouses have a very personal significance to James and he researched them intently to ensure accuracy. While serving as a quartermaster in the merchant marines James clocked in close to three solid years at sea. Returning from lengthy trips at sea the first US landmark was the Cape Hatteras Light House, a welcome sight on their journey back to the ports of New Orleans or Houston. Then it was followed by all the other distinctive North Carolina lighthouses as they made their way home.
The other collection is his Durham Series, inspired by the old tobacco warehouses in that city. His own jewelry studio is housed in a brick warehouse and he loves the ambiance and richness of the bricks and wood. Many of his one of a kind creations over the years feature architecture inspired by old houses in New Orleans and other locales. Using gold and silver and gems to construct walls, doors and windows he then adds colorful enamel to depict tile floors and other interior details. This way James captures the essence of these structures in exquisite wearable sculptures.
Spectrum Fine Jewelry is proud to be an exclusive representative of this renowned artist and routinely features selections of his hand fabricated, one-of-a-kind jewelry in gold, silver, enamel and gemstones. Don’t miss this rare chance to meet the artist, May 7th, 8th and 9th, see his newest work and hear his stories for yourself. Then take the story home with you in an exceptional wearable artwork. The reception and trunk show at Spectrum are free and open to the public. For more information please call 910-256-2323 ex 2. Spectrum Fine Jewelry is a full-service fine jewelry shop, the most award-winning design studio in the coastal Carolinas, located at the Forum at 1125-H Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28405.
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Back in February, when we went to Tucson, we discovered The Bell Collection. We were enamored by the display of dainty bells hanging from above, calling us to take a closer look at each one.
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