By Alicia Stemper for Vitamin O
James “Jimmy Carter” runs a jewelry school in Carr Mill Mall, but he warns, “I don’t teach the easy stuff. I teach old traditional metalsmithing skills like soldering, hammering, metal forming, and stone setting.” His personal specialty is cloisonné, an enameling technique. Departing from jewelry, he is currently ‘making the show,” producing a collection of art objects. “I’ve said what I want to say with jewelry. I still enjoy teaching it…but I had to go further in my own work.” An oil can is a nod to his time in the merchant marine. Three biscuit cutters reflect memories of his grandmother and his experiences as a Southerner. The set also includes an oyster knife, a pie server, and a cream and sugar set.
Jimmy and his family relocated here from Florida in 2011, a migration reflected in his Old Well biscuit cutter. He calls our area “an oasis” and he enjoys the diversity and intelligent people. “Crafts and handmade objects and art are really appreciated here.” His favorite local tradition is the handmade puppet parade in Hillsborough and Saxapahaw is the destination for his ideal Sunday drive.