Meet the Artisans
Born in Evansville, Indiana and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, Tommy was inspired by his grandfather who was both a watchmaker and jewelry designer for various well known jewelry companies. Tommy started making jewelry at the age of 17. Tommy's main inspiration was to create wearable art inspired by man and nature coming together as one.  Tommy has been awarded three US Patents ...
 

Jewelry as an artistic expression is how I describe my work. I have strived to learn and master whatever technique serves my design purposes. This has led to studies in granulation, platinum fabrication, glass beadmaking, glassblowing, and fine cast glass/crystal. My foundation consists in Dental Laboratory Technology; these skills readily transferred to jewelry methods. A graduate and past...
 

Turtles, tadpoles, axolotls (immature salamanders, to the uninitiated), red-eared sliders, and spring peepers drew me to the rivers, creeks, and swamps of southeastern Minnesota, where I grew up. I haunted the parks and woods with my buddies. We mail-ordered boa constrictors and caimans from Louisiana, and our parents got used to discovering reptiles and amphibians in our heating ducts and couc...
 

John Kennedy is a jewelry designer who has always challenged the status quo. Since starting in the trade in the 1960’s, John’s work has been shaped by his quest to redefine the approach to modern jewelry design. His ability to create simple yet sophisticated pieces that capture the essence of his passion has earned him a reputation as one of the most influential jewelry designers....

 

Nicole Barr jewelry is a rare example of the Art of Enameling. What is enamel? True vitreous enamel as used in each jewelry piece is the beautiful fusion of fired glass with sterling silver, resulting in a lustrous color that will never change. This technique was made famous in the 1900's by jewellers like Lalique, Faberge...
 
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Jacob Lewis
Jacob Lewis is a designer following in the foot steps of his uncle Tommy James. He is currently a Student at UNCW and Tommy's apprentice.